Friday, June 14, 2013

Jun 14 (1771) Stars & Stripes Accepted by Congress as the US Flag; "Our Country's Pride Cheroots"

Some of the earliest court battles over flag desecration focused on tobacco and alcohol advertisements, which were criticized for linking the flag to immoral habits.

Today, June 14 is celebrated nationwide as Flag Day. On this day in 1937 Pennsylvania became the first (and only) state to recognize Flag Day as a State holiday.

On this day in 1771, the new US Congress "Resolved: That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

On this day in 1775, the United States Army was born.

On this day in 1923, the US Army and Navy created a National Flag Code, that describes the handling and displaying of the Stars and Stripes. It wasn't until 1942 that the US Congress declared the Flag Code law (though no penalties are enforced if the law is broken).

In addition to providing rules for government agencies, the Code also provides customs for display of the flag by civilians, including:
  • (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
Image is from the Smithsonian website. Some of the earliest court battles over flag desecration focused on tobacco and alcohol advertisements, which were criticized for linking the flag to immoral habits. (A "cheroot" is a cigar.)


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