Flag Day Has Special Meaning at SourceAmerica and its Nonprofit Network
VIENNA, VA. (June 13, 2014) –– Flag Day celebrates the official adoption 237 years ago of the United States flag and reminds us how fortunate we are to be Americans. SourceAmerica proudly flies the American flag in front of its offices every day, but on June 14, all Americans are urged to do so in acknowledgement and celebration of the freedoms we enjoy, our troops that fight for us, and the hope of a better tomorrow.
This September America will celebrate the 200th birthday of “The Star Spangled Banner.” In July 1813, Mary Pickersgill began sewing the biggest flag she had ever made. The flag took six weeks to make. It was 30 feet tall and 42 feet wide, with 15 stars and 15 stripes — one for each of the 13 original colonies plus two new states, Vermont and Kentucky. This was the flag that, on September 14, 1814, inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our national anthem.
Today, SourceAmerica network members Goodwill Industries of South Florida, North Bay Industries, and Huntsville Rehabilitation Foundation collectively produce approximately half of the interment flags that are used to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. Let us always remember what the American flag means to us, our country, and our independence.