Teaching Flag Day

May 29th, 2013

On June 14, we celebrate Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the American Flag in 1777. Though iconic today—it is hard to imagine World War II without also picturing the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima, or to think about 9/11 without also seeing the New York firefighters hoisting the red, white, and blue above the ruins of the World Trade Center—the American flag has a long and storied history. Its story in many ways mirrors that of the nation it represents. The flag has grown and evolved with the American colonies, first as the colonies became “these United States of America,” and then as the nation grew to welcome new states. To study the flag, then, is to be reminded of the history and ideals of the nation.

Our new ebook, “The Meaning of Flag Day,” explores the history and significance of the US flag, with the help of story, speech, and song. From our national anthem to the story of Barbara Frietchie, from the remembrances of Vietnam POWs to the raising of the American flag on the Moon, our ebook looks at key moments in American history and asks how the stars and stripes can help make one out of many.

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