June 14 is Flag Day, an annual observance of the Second Continental Congress’ official adoption of the stars and stripes June 14, 1777. At the time, they “resolved that the flag of the 13 United States” be represented by 13 alternating red and white stripes and the union by 13 white stars in a blue field, “representing a new constellation.”
Bernard J. Cigrand is considered the father of Flag Day. In 1885, as a young teacher at a high school in Waubeka, Wisconsin, Cigrand put a small flag on his desk and told his students to write essays about it. He fought for the rest of his life to formally establish the holiday, according to the National Flag Day Foundation.
The flag has been changed 27 times. The final star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960.
The first time the flag was flown after being adopted was on Aug. 3, 1777 in Rome, New York.
The flag’s colors have become significant over time. The white is for purity, the red is for valor and the blue is for justice, according to usflag.org.
President George Washington described the design like this: “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.”
The first flag was probably created by Francis Hopkinson, who signed the Declaration of Independence. He requested “a quarter cask of the public wine” as payment for his design. He was rejected.
Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag according to a pattern, which was likely Hopkinson’s. Legend has it she changed the six-point stars he’d drawn to five-point ones because they were easier to stitch.
The current design of the U.S. flag was created by Robert G. Heft, who made the pattern for a high school project. He earned a B- at first, but when the government chose it, his teacher raised the grade to an A.
There are six American flags on the moon. Five are standing, and Neil Armstrong’s fell over!
UPDATE: 6/14/18 Due to weather conditions the burn has been cancelled.
UPDATE: 6/12/18 The prescribed burn at Crocker Neck is now scheduled for Thursday or Friday June 14 or 15, weather dependent. The Fire Department will issue a phone notification if given the green light.
UPDATE: 4/27/18 The prescribed burn at Crocker Neck is on hold until late May, to prevent unnecessary damage to oak trees. Once the leaves are out, they will be less susceptible to damage from a low slow burn. This cold spring and wet year have played havoc on burn schedules.
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The Barnstable Conservation Division has contracted with Northeast Forest and Fire Management LLC to conduct another prescribed burn in the Crocker Neck Conservation Area of Cotuit. They will be focusing on Subunits B & D. See map of Subunits Here. Depending on weather conditions, it is scheduled for Monday April 23, 2018. If it is a go a phone notification will be issued by the Cotuit Fire Department to nearby residents.
Today is the day we formally express our thanks, with gratitude and in remembrance, of the men and women having selflessly given their lives, honoring us, and the freedoms won. If we fail to remember and honor these brave men and women, we’re likely to forget their great sacrifices; let us not forget.