The popular name of ‘Old Glory’ was come from 1831 by Captain William Driver, a shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts. As he was leaving on one of his many voyages aboard his ship the ‘Charles Doggett’, his pals presented him with a stunning flag of twenty 4 stars. As the banner opened and waved in the sea breeze for the first time, he wept out “Old Glory!” By the time the Civil War broke out, almost everybody around Nashville, where he had actually retired in 1837, recognized Captain Driver’s banner as “Old Glory.” William Driver’s severe rests in the old Nashville City Cemetery and is one of just 3 locations licensed by an act of Congress where the Flag of the United States can be flown 24 hours a day – quite an honor.
Although schools around the country had already been commemorating the American flag’s ‘birthday’ on June 14 every year for over 30 years, it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th as National Flag Day.
Throughout the War of 1812, a young legal representative and amateur poet called Francis Scott Key wrote what later ended up being the United State’s National Anthem. While experiencing the final opponent attack on Fort McHenry throughout the War of 1812, he became considerably influenced by the flag’s survival through the bombings and fires. He wrote his verses on the back of a letter he had in his pocket and after his brother had actually the words released, it instantly ended up being popular throughout the country. In October of that year, a Baltimore actor sang Mr. Key’s tune in a public efficiency calling it “The Star-Spangled Banner”. History had actually been made and lastly, on March 3, 1931, his tune was embraced as our nationwide anthem.
As a kid growing up in the United States, you learned to pledge your obligation to the American flag. But did you understand, that after all the current debate about omitting the ‘Under G-d’ part, that the original pledge went like this: “I promise allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands – one country indivisible – with liberty and justice for all.” Ironic, isn’t it? Real. That original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy on September 8, 1892. Bellamy was a blood circulation supervisor in Rome, New York and printed those words on countless brochures that were sent to public schools throughout the nation. Then, on October 12, 1892, more than 12 million children recited the Pledge of Allegiance in their early morning classes, consequently beginning a necessary school-day ritual.