Celebrating Flag Day with the armed forces

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Flag Day is June 14 and celebrates the adoption of the flag of the United States.

The first design of the U.S. flag was made by Betsy Ross in 1777. That is when President George Washington and Ross decided to remove the union jack. Ross replaced it with the 13 stars in a circular pattern representing the original 13 colonies. When the stars were moved into rows, the stripes took the place of the meaning for the 13 colonies.

The flag colors also provide meaning.

“A good way to put it is what the colors represent, blue for justice, white for purity and red for valor,” said Sgt. Ciampi with the U.S. Marine Corps. “I think that’s a good way to say what the flag represents and along with the freedom it means to other nations.”

The flag has a symbol of meaning to all Americans. But for those in the armed forces, they keep it close to their hearts.

“The flag is a symbol of freedom, not only for U.S. citizens but for everyone across the world,” said Staff Sgt. Vance with the U.S. Air Force.

The American flag is a national symbol that U.S. citizens wave proudly on a daily basis. A flag is also given to families who may have lost a member, who served in the military’s armed forces.

The folding of the flag has it’s own importance.

“When you’re done, you end up with a triangle, and the triangle is meant to represent that hat that they used to wear,” said Sgt. Ciampi with the U.S. Marine Corps. “That’s for John Paul Jones and George Washington, for the Army and the Navy respectfully.”

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