Flag Day Essay
June 14th is Flag Day. There are over 100 designs of flags that have represented our land. We think of 50 stars and 13 stripes, but many of our flags had other designs. The Sons of Liberty flag had just the 13 stripes; the Star Spangled Banner boasted of 15 stars and 15 stripes (for 15 to 19 states of the Union); and the flag of John Paul Jones had red, white, and BLUE stripes.
Some of the blue fields of our flag designs rested on the war stripe (a red stripe rather than white.) Sometimes the blue field was much larger, and sometimes it covered fewer stripes.
Some flags had stars with 7 or 8 points while others had only 4 points per star.
Then there are thousands of great historic events where Old Glory has played a part: the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima;the huge Star Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry; the U.S. flag that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin erected at Tranquility Base on the surface of the moon; and the silken scarf that Barbara Fritchie is said to have snatched when she admonished, "Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country's flag she said!"
Many of our military men received the Medal of Honor for rescuing our flag. One grabbed the ensign and rolled over and over back to our lines to save it, while another from Connecticut had his hands blown off and with bloody stumps rescued his regiment's standard which became stained with his own blood.
One POW in WW II tore red, white, and blue material and stitched it as a crude American flag on the inside of his coat. As he passed a comrade in the prison camp, he would flash open his coat and his buddy would salute the beloved flag.
May God continue to bless America. Hooray, for the Red, White and Blue!
Yours for America,
Evangelist Dan Manka