Monday, June 14, 2021

Flag Day in the U.S.A.


Today is a National Holiday in the United States.  It is NOT, however, a Federal Holiday.  That means all federal and most state buildings, including the post office, will be open for business.

Today is Flag Day in the U.S.A.

As you can probably read:

"Flag Day is celebrated every June 14.  It is considered a National Holiday, but not a Federal Holiday." 

For some reason, I can't get the quotes icon to work tonight.

Less than a year after declaring our independence from Great Britain, the Second Continental Congress adopted a national flag on June 14, 1777. 

In the midst of the Revolutionary War, colonial troops fought under many different flags with various symbols.  Rattlesnakes, pine trees, and eagle flags, as well as slogans such as “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Liberty or Death,” and “Conquer or Die,” were just a few I could find.

The Declaration of Independence made the adoption of an American flag necessary. Previously, each colony or special interest had its own flag.

The first American flag was designed to represent the 13 original colonies with 13 white stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes.  One of the first flag designs had the stars arranged in a circle, based on the idea that all colonies were equal. 

Today, there are 50 stars, one for each state in the union, but the 13 stripes remain.

As you can read:

The Second Continental Congress adopted our flag on this date in 1777.
Now the quotes icon is working.  Blogger is annoying me to no end.

I'm also joining Art Journal Journey and our host Mia, whose theme this month is Butterflies.


For this page, I began with two colors of Staz-on solvent reinkers, to which I added isopropyl alcohol.  I added computer generated text to which I lined with red and blue felt tipped pens.  I also added the flag and three butterfly stickers.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Bleubeard and I are really grateful for your visit and also hope to see you on your blog or at Art Journal Journey

18 thoughtful remarks:

Iris Flavia said...

Another history-lesson,, YES!
I copy these, I hope you don´t mind, also to get my Nieces a better education than I got. I get it but now! At age 49!!!!
From you and other fellow bloggers from around the world, isn´t this plain crazy?!
I never knew this - some fury quotes they had!
Love your work - and certainly my copying is private! And will refer to you, too. If not OK, please let me know... I´ll certainly respect that!

And. LOL. Well, not laughing, actually, blogger drives me nuts, too, and whom not. But it´s for free, right...

aussie aNNie said...

I sure learn a lot from your posts, this is interesting. xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely journal page and a great idea to remember the flags of various groups and the ensuing unity. Have a great Monday, 'see' you later! Hugs, Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

Blogger is peeving me too.
It is a public holiday in most States in Australia today. For the Queen's birthday (despite the fact it isn't her birthday).
We don't have a flag day - or if we do I miss it each year.

craftytrog said...

An interesting post and a marvelous page to celebrate your flag day Elizabeth.
Alison xx

Mae Travels said...

As I remember, Flag Day would be mentioned but not much celebrated in school when I was young, as it would have been around the last week before summer vacation. So we didn't do as much as we did for holidays in winter. Now schools finish earlier, so I wonder if they even mention Flag Day at all. We did study the flag's history a little, like with the legend of Betsy Ross.

best... mae at

Birgit said...

Have a great flag Day today. I love the background with the soft green colours which brings out the flag and saying more.

My name is Erika. said...

I forgot it was Flag Day. Thank you for reminding me. love your page, and how you added the butterflies too. They both flitter and flutter in the wind, so they work together well. Hope all is well with you this Monday morning. Have a great Flag Day.

Annie said...

A nice journal page with a history lesson. I was never good with history in school. I was the type that processed the lessons as not real relating to my young carefree life. I learned and passed tests and then immediately forgot it all. It does come back later in life when it is real and much more amazing to learn about. It’s time my patriotic decor came out of storage. You make (re)learning fun. Thanks!

CJ Kennedy said...

Wonderful journal page and fun facts. Happy Flag Day!

Divers and Sundry said...

My life is such that I hadn't realized today was the 14th lol I'm getting my flag out on the front door now. Thanks!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

what a cute art piece today Elizabeth !!! and a nice post about the flag as well; I enjoyed today's entry ☺☺

hi bleu and squiggles; hope thiz findz ewe both happee campurrz :) ☺☺♥♥

tubakk said...

Happy Flag Day! And thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I'm a novice when comes to art quilts, but I learn and have fun.

Jeanie said...

Happy Flag Day, Elizabeth. It's a great image you did to celebrate the occasion!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

Great your journal page with the interesting story. It's exciting how you live! Thank you!!!
Hug, Elke

Neet said...

Gosh Elizabeth, you are a wealth of knowledge. I had no idea you had a Flag Day. Thank you for all your information.
I liked the background and am intrigued now to know whether I have any reinkers for Stazon at home. I wonder if it will work with any? I have just got some isopropyl to do the technique with the alcohol inks when I return home.
Great butterfly mail art!
Hugs, Neet xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous page and once again I am learning from your post! Hugs, Chrisx

Meggymay said...

Sorry I am late calling in yet again. I loved the page especially with the history you included, I am learning more about the USA here than I ever did all those years ago in school.
Yvonne xx