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Minute Message June 14

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Vietnam veteran, Adrian Cronauer, wrote, “The American flag represents all of us and all the values we hold sacred.”  This week, June 14th, our country celebrates a little remembered moment called Flag Day.  Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message. 

On June 14th, 1777 the Second Continental Congress adopted the 13 stars and 13 alternating red and white stripes as our Nation’s official flag.  However, when two more states were added, the flag swelled to 15 stars and 15 stripes.  If a new stripe was added with each new state, that would eventually create an unusable flag.  This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of the congressional decision to limit the stripes to thirteen in honor of the original colonies with the addition of a white star for each new state. 

The updated flag design would become official on the first July 4th after the state was added.  We are now in the 27th version of our national flag and our current 50-star flag has flown the longest – 58 years. 

Freedom is costly – many have given their all defending our flag.  This week, offer a prayer for our nation and for all of us who live under the Red, White and Blue. 

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