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Stars and stripes: A fitting national symbol

June 13. 2017 9:46PM

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution “that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

On June 14, 1885, Wisconsin teacher Bernard Cigrand asked his students to write essays on the flag and its significance. It was the start of a three-decade long quest to recognize a national Flag Day.

Today, the 13 stars have become 50, as the new constellation expanded across a continent.

Our union feels polarized and divided, as political tribes huddle together under banners red and blue. Perhaps, we should look up to our flag this day, and remember that the very symbol of our national unity emphasizes our independence and diversity.

The distinct stars united in a blue field are not just states, each a laboratory of our uniquely American federalism. They also represent each of us, distinct in our ambitions, but united in freedom, justice, and opportunity.

As Katie McQuaid reported in her Monday “Scene in Manchester” column, Brady Sullivan Properties will today unfurl a 95-by-50-foot American flag, recreating the iconic photo of “The Great Flag” that hung from Mill No. 11 in 1914.

We hope all those who see this will be reminded of our nation’s history, our nation’s greatness, and our nation’s promise.


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