Special thanks to all of the contestants and our
panel of judges.
Winners of the 2017 Essay Contest are:
2nd Place grade 3: Gowtami Manem, Grade 3, Voorhees, NJ
2nd Place grades 4-5: Granite Beardsley, Grade 4, Oostburg, WI
2nd Place grades 6-8: Emily Greene, Grade 7, Port Washington, WI
2nd Place grades 9-12: Abigail Doak, Grade 12, West Bend, WI
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A: Sentimental writers and orators sometimes ascribe meanings to the colors in the Flag. From the book “Our Flag” published in 1989 by the House of Representatives…”On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America. This mission, designed to reflect the Founding Fathers’ beliefs, values, and sovereignty of the new Nation, did not become a reality until June 20, 1782. In heraldic devices, such as seals, each element has a specific meaning. Even colors have specific meanings. The colors red, white, and blue did not have meanings for The Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777.
This simple expression of patriotism is often a welcome relieffrom the cynicism of elites in our nation's capital who are too "sophisticated" to becaught waving a flag.
I do not have a family member, close friend, or neighbor who fought in a war or is currently fighting in the war. I don’t know of anyone who has lost a loved one in the tragic events of September 11. I don’t know any policemen who fight against crimes and save lives on a daily basis. I don’t even know a firefighter who has sacrificed his life to save a stranger. I may have no personal connections to people who uphold the American values of self-sacrifice, pursuit of freedom and liberty, but the American flag still holds meaning to me. In my US history class I learned about World War II and the battle of Iwo Jima. During this class I had the opportunity to view the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal of soldiers raising the American flag. I experienced many emotions and for a moment felt as if our country had just been victorious. I could relate to the joy and relief American citizens felt in 1945 after the publication of this patriotic photograph. I believe that any American no matter his or her background, family history, or acquaintances can understand the significance and meaning of our flag.
After all, the only way to properly dispose of a worn flag is by burning it. Argument 4: Another of Matt Salmon's motivations for cosponsoring this amendment is the "thought of Americans having died to protect the flag that protesters desecrate." As many Vietnam veterans have told me via e-mail, it was never the piece of cloth they fought for -- it was what that flag stood for.
Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher atStony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on hisdesk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance.
The American Legion Fifth Grade Flag Essay Contest begins at the local leveland continues through to District and State finals. Approximately 180-200students participate yearly in the Marion Post #298 contest. The Flag CodePamphlet is provided to all fifth grade students, whether participating in thewriting contest or not, when the packet announcing the contest is provided tothe school. One winner is selected fromeach school: Linn Mar, Marion Independent, MarionHome School Offices and St. Joseph's School. One overall winner is forwarded toDistrict competition. The 1st place winner in each of Iowa's 9 Districtsadvances to the State final. The top three finalists at State level will beasked to participate in the Department Convention Parade and read their essay atthe 2016 Department Convention.
Entry forms are distributed to the Fifth grade teachers of schools listedabove in mid September. Interested teachers may also contact Post #298 for moreinformation. Coordinator of the Flag Essay contest is Mr. Gerry Wegmann.
The National Flag Day Foundation joins forces with communitygroups and individuals that love our flag and
Our goal is to teach Americanism, using Flag history, enlisting, , and other patriots to
The National Flag Day Foundation initiates efforts tosupport
A: It is perfectly acceptable for a business to display their corporate or organizational flag beneath the United States flag on the same flagpole or displayed from an adjacent flagpole in a multiple display. This is not considered using the United States flag for advertising purposes whatsoever. If it were, this would defeat the purpose of encouraging businesses and citizens to display the United States flag every day even if it is with a corporate or organizational flag.
The flag is not just important to me, but to many people. The American flag became the U.S flag on June 14, 1777 in Philadelphia when it was approved by the Continental Congress. The first flag had thirteen stars and thirteen stripes to represent the the original thirteen colonies. Sometimes people call the United States flag “Old Glory” becauseof a shipmaster in Salem Massachusetts named William Driver. On August 10, 1831 some of his friends were pestering (presenting) him with the flag of 24 stars and as the flag opened into the great ocean breeze for the first time ever he shouted, “Old Glory!'”
It's certainly not the best solution, but that is what America faces today -- a Constitutional amendment to criminalize the ill-defined act of flag desecration. I think Senator Ted Kennedy put it best, when he said "The words of the first amendment are simple and majestic: 'Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech.' The proposed constitutional amendment would undermine that fundamental liberty." Unfortunately, the issue of flag desecration has gone beyond simple liberty and become a partisan issue.
However, the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated: “The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the Flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.” The gold trim is generally used on ceremonial indoor Flags that are used for special services and is believed to have been first used in a military setting. It has no specific significance that I have ever run across, and its (gold trim) use is in compliance with applicable Flag codes and laws.