Lafayette Elementary School’s American Flag Contest Winners


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By Christian Rittenberry

The American flag makes me proud. The American flag stands for our freedom and our rights. We honor our flag by placing our hand over our heart while listening to National Anthem or while saying the Pledge of Allegiance. If someone important dies the flag is lowered to Half Staff. The only reason the flag should be upside down is if you need help/ Veterans make me proud many soldiers died protecting our freedoms represented by the flag. On the flag the 50 stars represent the sates and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain. “The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, National pride and our history” Mike Fitzpatrick. By showing respect to our flag it also shows respect to all men and women who fought and died defending it all over the world. I’ve had many members of my family serve in the military so the flag has special meaning to me.

By Carlie Shockley

The American Flag is what brought our nation together. It is in the colors red, white, and blue. White stands for innocence, blue stands for justice, and red for loyalty. The American Flag has thirteen red and white stripes for the thirteen original colonies. There are also fifty white stars for the fifty states with the background of blue. The origin of the first American Flag is unknown. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted this flag as the United States Flag. When something in the United States changes, so does the flag. On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry Truman officially declared June 14th as Flag Day. The name “Old Glory” was given to a large 10 by 17 foot flag by its owner, William Driver, a sea captain from Massachusetts. The flag should never ever touch the ground because it is disrespectful. The American Flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously. The first time the American Flag was first flown overseas on a foreign fort was in Libya, over Fort Derne, on the shores of Tripoli. The American Flag should always be respected. It is a symbol of our freedom from Great Britain. We should always remember the people who fight and have fought for our country.

America the Beautiful: A Tribute to “Old Glory”

By Lillia Williams

Our flag to me is the best in history. On June 14, 1777, an act was passed that established the first official flag of the new nation. On August 3, 1949, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, finally declared June 14 as Flag Day.

The flag has fifty stars and thirteen stripes in the colors of red, white, and blue. As you may know the fifty stars stand for the fifty states and the thirteen stripes stand for the thirteen original colonies in the U.S.A. Did you also know that the colors of Old Glory did not have meanings at first? It wasn’t until later that they were given meaning; the red stands for courage, the white stands for innocence, and the blue stands for justice.

Tennessee has a National Museum of American History where a primary artifact, Old Glory, is stored. Betsy Ross originally made our flag, “Old Glory.”

In some locations the U.S. flag is flown around the clock, either by law or presidential proclamation. Two of those locations are Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, and Grounds of the National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge State Park, Pennsylvania. Francis Scott Key was so inspired by the sight of our American Flag still flying over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry that he wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” on September 14, 1814. It officially became the United States National Anthem in 1931.

You must and should always respect our flag. It is and will always be a symbol that represents our freedom and the soldiers who fought for that freedom.

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