(Naples News) As symbols go, they don’t get much more potent than the American flag. No matter what you call it — Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes or The Star-Spangled Banner — the emblem of our nation provokes strong emotions and is recognizable around the world.
The United States flag was raised over Mt. Suribachi, lowered over Fort Sumter, and has draped the coffin of countless soldiers, sailors and Marines who died defending it. The flag flew all night over Fort McHenry as Francis Scott Key watched from a British warship, inspiring the national anthem, and flies every day on the moon’s Sea of Tranquillity, planted by the Apollo 11 astronauts. It even has its own holiday — Flag Day.
We celebrate Flag Day today, commemorating the date in 1777 when the Continental Congress officially adopted the Stars and Stripes (with 13 stars at the time) as the flag of the fledgling United States. Citizens are encouraged to fly the flag, and citizens certainly do, displaying the colors in a dizzying array of different styles and locations.