Carolyn’s Online Magazine (#COMe)
FLAG DAY QUOTES & PHOTOS
Including Comments About the Late
Chief Naval Photographer Robert W. Cornell
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress authorized the United States flag in the following motion:
- Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be 13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.
“I suppose I can tell you nearly everything there is to know about the history and lore of the American Flag,” (Bob) Cornell was saying on Flag Day.
He was a flag fanatic, though he winces at the categorization. And it’s the American Flag, good Old Glory, that turns Cornell on and sends star-spangled bannered shivers down his spine…don’t think for a moment that Bob Cornell is your ordinary inveterate flag buff. He’s much more than that. Much more. He eats, drinks, talks, walks, breathes and sleeps the American Flag.
Cornell’s a veritable human book of knowledge when it comes to the U. S. Flag, a subject he’s studied with intensity since he was knee high to Betsy Ross. He owns countless volumes of books and scores of newspaper and magazine articles on Old Glory, and constantly adds more to the extensive collection already filling his Pleasantville (N. J.) apartment. —excerpted from Flag Man (Bob Cornell) Shivers
Below are some quotations on flags.
The American flag, Old Glory, standing tall and flying fee over American soil for 228 years is the symbol of our beloved country. It is recognized from near and afar, and many lives have been lost defending it. —Jeff Miller
We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty. —George Washington, attributed
That piece of red, white and blue bunting means five thousand years of struggle upwards. It is the full-grown flower of ages of fighting for liberty. It is the century plant of human hope in bloom. —Alvin Owsley
Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means justice. It means liberty. It means happiness…. Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty. —Henry Ward Beecher
The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom and democracy in the world. —Virginia Foxx
The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history. —Woodrow Wilson
(W)hen we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done. —Calvin Coolidge
Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. —Joe Barton
The American flag represents all of us and all the values we hold sacred. —Adrian Cronauer
The flag represents all the values and the liberties Americans have and enjoy everyday. —Bill Shuster
This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours. —Woodrow Wilson
It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations. —Henry Cabot Lodge
We cannot forget that our flag received its first foreign salute from a Dutch officer, nor that the Province of Friesland gave to our independence its first formal recognition. —Seth Low
…everything that’s great about this country is reflected in that flag. As a nation, we have our problems. We have our ups and downs. But try to find a better place in the world than America. People should never forget that the flag is not a piece of cloth. It’s the symbol of our great country. —John Janik, chairman of the National Flag Day Foundation (2015)