BY AMANDA MOSES
Today we celebrate the creation of the American Flag, which was adopted as a symbol of the United States on June 14, 1777 by the Second Continental Congress. When the American Revolution began in 1775, the colonists were fighting under different flags, so George Washington decided to make an effort to develop a single banner as a symbol of freedom. While the Second Continental Congress continued to draft the Articles of Confederation, they passed a resolution decreeing the new nation’s colors; The United States’ flag would have 13 stripes, alternating between red and white, with 13 white stars on a blue background. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing June 14th as national Flag Day.
Every year, the Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS) celebrate this staple of American culture by distributing flags to people around the Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) community. Today the scouts will be handing out flags in front of Abe Stark Primary School (PS) 346 at 2:30 pm (dismissal time). If you are interested in joining the scouts as they salute “Old Glory,” then you should make sure to stop by early because last year they distributed over 144 flags in less than 10 minutes. SCGC Troop Leader, Pam Schwartz said that they will be handing out 250 flags today.
Don’t miss out! The daisies, brownies, juniors, and cadettes will be ready with their bright smiles and freshly pressed scout uniforms, covered in badges, to greet you with an American flag.
Photo by Pam Schwartz