That's right, it was a flag free for all. Right from the first declaration in 1776 people have designed different flags hoping to make it a symbol of our county
The process of our countries flag was helped by only three Flag acts. Freedom in flag designs abounded.
FLAG ACT I "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." 1777
FLAG ACT II provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795. 1794
FLAG ACT III provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state, signed by President Monroe. 1818
So those are the rules go for it! And these new U.S citizens did. So many flags for so many reasons. We loved and honored each for their intended use. No county has had more flags under one government. We use our flag, it follows us into battle, hangs in our public places, honors our dead, and brings us pause.
In 1892 the first pledge to our flag was started. This has taken many forms and was taught in schools to a fledgling generation of children. The pledge as I learned it in school, standing and saying it daily, wasn't in use until 1954. Before that point a similar pledge was used but it didn't have 'One nation under God' in it and it wasn't recognized by the Congress until 1942.
The Pledge of Allegiance I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands,one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The flag which belongs to the people has progressed in interesting ways and I hope you will check this web site. http://www.usflag.org/index.htmlIt is one of my favorites on the flag. PBS stations all over are also showing a history of the flag where I got most of this information for this blog. Watch it, it's very good.
Be sure and stand tall with respect when your Flag passes by today. It is a symbol of freedom,a symbol of E PLURIBUS UNUM, Out of many into one. One great nation from 13 colonies, one great nation out of many immigrants.
Happy 4th of July American's all over, from all over!