Today is Flag Day. Sadly, many do not remember that. At NAS Jacksonville, in Base Housing, the "Navy Brat Pack" remembers the flag every night at evening colors. As "Colors" sounds, all of the kids stop what they are doing, face in the direction of the nearest flag and place their right hands above their hearts. It's inspirational! On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress made the Stars and Stripes "official." The rest of this post is shamelessly lifted from History Channel's great website.
On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. As instructed by Congress, the U.S. flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In the years after the first Flag Day, several states continued to observe the anniversary, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.