Happy Flag Day From Sew, O’Susannah’s!

June 14 – here in the United States, we call that, Flag Day.

Seriously, don’t you wonder what it’s all about? I can tell you…

The Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777 was when the United States adopted the design of their new flag to be red, white and blue, and consist of 13 stripes and 13 stars. And supposedly, Betsy Ross was hired to construct it. I’ve always felt such a kinship to her. Sigh…

Since 1777, many celebrations of our flag’s birthday took place on June 14th, but it wasn’t until, “August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.” (http://usflag.org/history/flagday.html)

The United States flag means many things to many people. It was and is made from cloth and the early flags were hand-stitched, of course.

ImageI thought you might enjoy the above picture. I located it on the Kings Academy web site (www.kingsacademy.com). That author, Miles H. Hodges, sources the picture to the National Archives and gives the following caption, “Women immigrants to America from 5 different countries sewing an American flag.” I have done a search, briefly, at the National Archives and have not located the actual photo so I will have to trust Mr. Hodges attribution.

The Connecticut Historical Society has a couple of beautiful examples of flags in quilts. Here is one of them and found on this site: (http://emuseum.chs.org:8080/emuseum/view/objects/asitem/search$0040/39/title-asc?t:state:flow=ec6f321b-835f-4002-9314-e97cc0ba2fe0). Please first read their legal information if you are considering reposting this anywhere. The Connecticut Historical Society also has a ton of quilts. Visit them! The above quilt was made in the 1860s and is pieced. Isn’t it fabulous?

ImageI  know I’m all over the place in this post but try to bear with me. I leave you with this quote within a quote. I find it amusing, touching, and a summary of the meaning of Flag Day here in the United States. Quoted from, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun14.html Enjoy and raise your flag! – Betsy

“Interviews in American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940 contain entertaining examples of Flag Day in the American vernacular. For example, a search on Flag Day retrieves the following conversation between Mr. Richmond and Mr. Davis:

‘Why ain’t you got your flag out?’ says Mr. Richmond, entering the gas station in which he spends much of his time these days. ‘You know today is flag day, don’t you?’

‘I guess the boss forgot to buy a flag, George,’ says Mr. Davis, the station attendant. ‘And even if we had one, we ain’t got no place to put it.’

Mr. Richmond: ‘That’s a fine state of affairs, that is. Here they are tryin’ to bring home to you people the fact that you’re livin’ in one of the few countries where you can draw a free breath and you don’t even know it. You’re supposed to have flags out all this week. Don’t you know that? This is flag day and this is flag week. Where’s your patriotism?’

Mr. Davis: ‘What the hell are you hollerin’ about, George? You’re always runnin’ the country down. They can’t do anything to suit you. You’re worryin’ about taxes and future generations and all like that. Where’s your patriotism?’

Mr. Richmond: ‘Well, that’s different. A man got a right to criticize. That’s free speech. Don’t mean I ain’t patriotic.’

Richmond,” circa 1936-40.
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940

 

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