Rural Missouri - June 2017 - 44
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14.
It commemorates the adoption of the ﬂag of the United States,
which happened on June 14, 1777, by a resolution
of the Second Continental Congress.
The American flag (as illustrated
here) represents the national flag
of the United States. It is made of
13 equal horizontal stripes of red
and alternate with white stripes.
The blue rectangle in the upper
left corner (referred to as the
"union") bears 50 small white,
The 50 stars on our flag represent
each state in the United States
of America, and the 13 stripes
represent the British colonies
that declared independence from
the Kingdom of Great Britain, and
became the first states in the U.S.
Heavens to Betsy!
The most well-told story of our flag's origin is that Betsy
Ross designed the original flag in 1776. Some historians
say George Washington was part of a congressional
committee that went to Betsy's upholstery shop and
commissioned her to design our country's first flag.
an american flag is
a sensitive yet necessary
action you may have to take
if yours is damaged or
Buddy Bear found a photo he likes in this issue - so he
zoomed in on the image. Your mission? Mail Buddy Bear a
note telling him what page you found the photo on and your
age. If you're correct, your name goes into a drawing to win a
Buddy Bear drawstring backpack. We'll choose ﬁve winners
most towns that will
give old glory a proper
each month. Send your answer to: Buddy Bear's "Find
send off. in most communities,
The Photo" * P.O. Box 1645 * Jefferson City, MO 65102.
these clubs gather and
Congratulations to last month's winners: Carter Germann,
oversee the proper
Jadd Vandeloecht, Libby Maple, Kylen Jarvis and Dante
disposal of tattered
Ledden. The image was on page 46 - it was the handle of
the raisin seeder. The photo can
try reaching out
to your local boy
be viewed in our May 2017
scouts of america troop,
digital edition at www.
veterans of foreign wars
or the american legion.
these groups all have
their own proper form of
by June 15.
- this contest
is for kids 13
our flag is
a symbol of our
freedom and liberty.
that's why there are
so many rules and
regulations in place
to preserve its
the army and navy
shared their flag
handling procedures and
created the NATIONAL
Flag care reminders from
the National Flag Code:
* The ﬂag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or
by an appropriate light source.
* The ﬂag should only be ﬂown in fair weather, unless the ﬂag
is designed for inclement weather.
* The ﬂag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is
ﬂown upside down only as a signal of distress.
* The ﬂag should not be used for any decoration in general or
for advertising purposes.
* The ﬂag should never be used as an article of clothing or
on a costume or athletic uniform. A ﬂag patch can be worn
on the uniform of military personnel, ﬁreﬁghters, police
ofﬁcers and members of patriotic groups.
* When the ﬂag is lowered, no part of it should touch the
ground or any other object. To store the ﬂag, it should be
folded neatly and ceremoniously.
RURAL MISSOURI | JUNE 2017