Colonial Flag raised the enormous flag in front of their Sandy location, a choir sang and we all joined together in the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a beautiful sight.
11-year-old Liz Shaw was there, she explained "The stars were bigger than normal ones I have seen a lot."
Her little brother Alex was amazing with what he saw too, "The flag was really big and the stars were really big too."
All of it in honor of the Flag's birthday.
The first Flag Day was observed in Connecticut back in 1861. In 1877, congress ordered the flag be flown on public buildings on that date. Then in 1976 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation asking the US to observe flag day. Finally in1949, Congress agreed to an official Flag Day and President Harry Truman approved.
It might have taken a while for it to be a holiday, but as John Hartvigsen told me, the red white and blue deserves more than just its own day once a year.
Hartivigsen, a scholar of flags, said, "What the Flag means is up to us, if we don't do what we need to do the flag will not continue to be as respected as when we received it."
And while the Flag is beautiful it is what the flag stands for that is most important.
Hartvigsen said, "The Flag is made up of millions of stitches, just like our country is made up of millions of citizens."