Congress first approved the flag on June 14, 1777.
This date is now observed as Flag Day throughout America. It was first stated that there be a star and stripe for each state, making thirteen of both. Over the years, the number of stars has been changed to include one star for each of the 50 states, while the stripes remained the same to represent the 13 original colonies.
Later, the colors of the flag were given special meaning. The red is for valor and zeal – white is for hope, purity, and cleanliness of life – and blue, the color of heaven, loyalty, sincerity, justice, and truth.
The name “OLD GLORY” was given to our National Flag on August 10, 1831.
The flag means the spirit of liberty and human freedom.
Proper Display of Flag
* Display of the American flag is usually from sunrise to sunset.
* The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main building of every public place and during school days in or near every schoolhouse.
* Flags are flown at half-staff to show grief for lives lost. When the flag is flown at half-staff, it should be pulled to the top for a moment, and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should then be raised to the top before it is lowered for the day.
* When two or more flags are flown from the same pole, the American flag must be on top.
* When displayed with another flag against a wall, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (left to a person facing the wall).
* “Even by the standards of this spring’s massive tornado destruction across the South and Midwest, the Joplin tornado was enormous. It was the deadliest tornado in the USA since 1947, when 181 people were killed in Woodward, Okla. With the death toll at 116, it is the ninth-deadliest single tornado in U.S. history.” (source: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-05-23-joplin-tornado-missouri-storm_n.htm)
The List below was updated as of April 28, 2011 & does not include the Joplin Tornado
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The very first French Championships were in 1891, and the tournament has since evolved into one of the four Grand Slams. However, the competition did not become an international event until 1925. And in 1928, the tournament was moved to its current home, Roland Garros.
The Early Years of the French Open
The first competition was a one-day national championship, which strangely enough had an English winner in the men’s tournament. Without the participation of the world’s best, the competition remained obscure until it became fully international 24 years later.
After the First World War, French tennis was on the crest of a wave, with Suzanne Lenglen winning six times between 1920 and 1926. Coupled with the need to host the Davis Cup after the winning it in 1927, the popularity of tennis in France precipitated the construction of a brand new tennis stadium at Porte D’Auteuil.