What is Flag Day?

Today, June 14, 2012, is Flag Day – the day when many Americans make a point of displaying their flag.

The day, which is a public holiday in only a few spots across the country, has its beginnings in June 14, 1777. That’s when the Continental Congress replaced the British flag with the young nation’s first flag: 13 white stars on a blue field along with 13 red and white stripes.

The number of stars would grow, as would the number of stripes, with each new state added. This was later changed, with only another star added every time a state entered the union. The stripes were fixed at 13, for the first 13 colonies.

On Flag Day, many display the American flag on homes and public buildings. Flag Day ceremonies and flag raising ceremonies are other common events.

At 10 a.m. today, the Chattahoochee Valley Veterans Council will sponsor a Flag Day ceremony at the Korean War Memorial/Eternal Flame in Phenix City near Garrett-Harrison stadium off Summerville Road.

The Columbus/Fort Benning Elks Lodge No. 111, 5768 Miller Court, will hold a flag retirement demonstration with free hot dogs and hamburgers at 6:30 p.m.

From 5-8 p.m., you can get a free spicy chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A for wearing red, white and blue. Learn more here.