Tuesday, June 14, 2011
National Flag Day
The American flag was created by Betsy Ross in May of 1776. Although our Independence and flag were established in 1776, the Second Continental Congress didn’t adopt the flag until June 14, 1777. National Flag Day became a holiday in 1949 after President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress establishing June 14th as National Flag Day. Today marks the 62nd anniversary of National Flag Day and the 234th birthday of the flag.
The National Infantry Museum is the home of three historical American flags, which are hung in the World War II gallery. Standing within feet of each other, The Ronald V. Noble U.S Flag, the Prisoners of War Flag and the first American flag to fly over Corregidor each represent a significant moment during World War II and represent the unity for Americans.
The Ronald V. Noble U.S Flag is a hand-made American flag, which was flown in Linz, Austria in celebration of the end of the war in Europe. Hand-crafted by an Austrian tailor, the flag was sewn together with pieces of the Nazi banner and Austrian flags to create the American flag.
The Prisoners of War Flag is another significant flag in the World War II gallery. During World War II, many were captured and placed in prisoner of war camps. The U.S 95th Infantry Division was some of the many captured and placed in German camps. While taken as prisoners, the infantry replaced a German flag with a hand-crafted American flag to fly in its place.
The third significant flag is the first American flag to fly over Corregidor. While under Japanese fire on Corregidor Island, PFC Clyde I. Bates and Technical Sergeant Frank Guy Arrigo flew the first American flag over Corregidor Island during World War II.
While all American flags represent our freedom and independence, the three flags that stand in World War II gallery honor the significance of the American flag and the unity of the American people. Happy National Flag Day!