Saturday, June 14, 2008

June 14, Flag Day

Hooray, it’s Flag day,
and Troy's birthday.
No Critters today, but go by
Camera Critters for fun.
Just a celebration here.

This is the US flag in the year I was born.

US Flag – 48 stars

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.

36 U.S.C. § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day, however it is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance.

The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York.


Being a Texas boy, here’s the Texas Flag

Texas Flag

The flag of Texas is defined by law as follows:

The state flag consists of a rectangle with a width to length ratio of two to three containing: (1) a blue vertical stripe one-third the entire length of the flag wide, and two equal horizontal stripes, the upper stripe white, the lower red, each two-thirds the entire length of the flag long; and (2) a white, regular five-pointed star in the center of the blue stripe, oriented so that one point faces upward, and of such a size that the diameter of a circle passing through the five points of the star is equal to three-fourths the width of the blue stripe. The red and blue of the state flag are the same colors used in the United States flag.

The Texas flag is known as the "Lone Star Flag" (giving Texas its nickname of the "Lone Star State"). This flag was introduced to the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 28, 1838, by Senator William H. Wharton. It was adopted on January 24, 1839 as the final national flag of the Republic of Texas.

When Texas became the 28th state of the Union on December 29, 1845, its national flag became the state flag. Texas law assigns the following symbolism to the colors of the Texas flag: blue stands for loyalty, white for purity, and red for bravery. The official Pantone shades for the Texas flag are 193 (red) and 281 (dark blue)


Also, today is Troy’s Birthday.
I use the above two flags as my personal flags.


It's a party here on Flag Day.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Martha!
Have a piece of Apple Pie that I baked

Troy

26 comments:

kjpweb said...

A little bit of good history, too!
And even Tom Wiggley from the UK did post a US Flag!
Cheers, Klaus

The Texican said...

Very well done Troy. I'm going to put mine out this morning as soon as I make my rounds here. Pappy

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent Post... Happy Birthday and Happy Flag Day...

Tom

Cicero Sings said...

Happy Birthday ... with many more years of explores and rambles to come!

That pie looks mighty good. Drool. Maybe I'll have to make a rhubarb pie today too ... and join you in your celebrations!

Doug Taron said...

Happy birthday, Troy. Your post prompted me to put our flag up. You've got the flag and apple pie- now you just need Mom.

Jim said...

Happy Birthday. I'm coming over for a piece of that pie! What a wonderful crust and baked to perfection. Do you make cobblers as well?

Marvin said...

Happy Birthday, Troy. How about providing a link for downloading a slice of apple pie? It looks yummy.

John Theberge said...

Happy Birthday and thanks for the nice comments on my blog. Have fun at the party, wish I could join you, that apple pie looks delicious.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Happy Birthday, Troy!

cedrorum said...

Happy Birthday Troy. Have a bite of that pie for me, it looks dealishhh

Tammy said...

That pie looks yummy! Can I have a piece?

Sue said...

Thank you for the lesson on your flag :) Happy B-day, and Flag day!!! And that pie looks soooo yummy!! :)

Have a great weekend!

Louis la Vache said...

ALL RIGHT! "Louis" KNEW Troy and Martha would post about Flag Day!

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" got so excited about seeing another Flag Day post - he forgot to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Happy Birthday Troy and Happy Flag Day aso...can I have some pie as it looks sooooo good...Have a great weekend you two travelers.

ratmammy said...

happy birthday, and thanks for the reminder!

Duncan said...

Many happy returns of the day Troy, have a great birthday and lots more of them.

Stacey Huston said...

Troy and Martha.. Gorgeous pie.. very American indeed! Thanks for the Flagday post.. We all need to remember..
The most Happy of birthdays to you also..
You asked on my blog how I got that close.. If it was for the grouse. It was a complete accident. I was hiking in the mountains last spring and almost stepped on her before I saw her(oops) She was beautiful and let me take quite a few pics...If it was ment for the bison to day..(grin) I was in my car photographing a bear, that happens to be behind this big guy when he struck this pose and I couldn't resist. I know it looks like I am laying in the grass in frount of him, but I am NOT that brave. (LOL) Have a wonderful day tomorrow.. and I hope you have the best of birthdays...

Gallicissa said...

Happy birthday Troy!
And a Happy Flag Day too to all Americans.

I haven't had the opportunity to taste an apple pie yet and that looks really good.

Ted C. MacRae said...

Hi Troy & Martha - just a note to let you know I recently found your blog and have been enjoying reading through your posts. Your blog has what many natural history blogs lack - good science and interesting writing to go along with the beautiful pics. Too often people focus soley on the photo itself without the story behind it. I've linked and will come back and read through your archives as time permits. Best regards, Ted

Kathiesbirds said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TROY! Martha, that pie looks delicious! Yum!

babooshka said...

Another excellent post on the subect. For someone from the UK, this was really interesting to find out about.

B. Roan said...

I moved away from Dallas 5 years ago. Seeing the Texas flag always makes me smile.

Dina said...

Happy birthday Troy! Enjoy that birthday pie!

Daryl said...

Now if you have to share your birthday and/or have it fall on a holiday, I cant think of a better one!

Happy Birthday, Troy! And many more.. Martha, that pie is probably as tasty as it is photogenic!

:-Daryl

Sherry said...

Sorry I missed the party! Hope you had a very happy birthday!