June 14: Flag Day
On this date in 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States.
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This well-known poem by John Whittier includes the lines, “‘Shoot, if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country’s flag,’ she said.” Although Fritchie lived in Frederick, Maryland and was a Unionist, her neighbor Mary Quantrell was probably the person who waved the Union flag at the Confederate troops marching through town. Lit2Go Duration: 2 minutes, 53 seconds.