Two great births occurred on this date in history: the United States flag and the United States Army.
The Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution on June 14, 1777: “Resolves, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen starts, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” It would be President Eisenhower, in 1959, who would call for the now official American flag, with 50 stars on the “blue field.”
Today, the United States’ Army celebrates its 239th birthday, having been installed by Congress on June 14, 1775. Read more on the US Army’s website. We thank all of our Armed Forces but, particularly today, our Army soldiers, both current and veterans, for their service and wish them all the happiest of birthdays!
“Let us never forget that in honoring our flag, we honor the American men and women who have courageously fought and died for it over the last 200 years – patriots who set an ideal above any consideration of self and who suffered for it the greatest hardships. Our flag flies free today because of their sacrifice.”
President Ronald Reagan’s Remarks at a Flag Day Ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland (June 14, 1985)