Old Glory

In use since 1777, the American flag is everywhere

A giant flag is painted on the side of a building on Pike Street.

A giant flag is painted on the side of a building on Pike Street.

The American flag is everywhere.

The flag can be found in numerous places.

It’s perched atop buildings, painted on walls, hanging from the sterns of boats, from the railings of porches and proudly waves over the graves of veterans.

Today marks Flag Day, a day commemorating the adoption of the flag on June 14, 1777, by Second Continental Congress.

“Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” – Flag Resolution

A giant flag is painted on the side of a building on Pike Street.

A giant flag is painted on the side of a building on Pike Street.

The flag has been revised many times as the nation grew.

The 50-star version was adopted on July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became a state, and has been in use longer than any version of the flag. The previous version containing 49 stars was in use for one year and marked the statehood of Alaska.

The flag of the United States is known by several names: Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes, the Star-Spangled Banner.

Students learn to say the pledge of alliance in school and the flying of it inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner, which later became the national anthem, after he saw the flag flying over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

“As Thomas Jefferson said, ‘Patriotism is the freedom within you.’ People want to express it in different ways. They want to fly the flag to celebrate that freedom,” Sylvi Caporale, owner of American Flags and Poles in Marietta, said. “America is the greatest country in the world and the flag is the greatest. It says America is the best.

Flags are used as part of the advertising for a tax company near Fifth and Greene streets.

Flags are used as part of the advertising for a tax company near Fifth and Greene streets.

“In the U. S. we don’t have any laws about how the flag can be displayed, only guidelines” said Caporale. “Our flag is treated with respect because of the honor that we give the flag in America.

“I think sometimes there is a dual purpose when people fly the flag. Patriotism and to pay tribute to people that have fought and served our country,” she said.

“The first thing I think of is the symbol of what it means. It’s a symbol of freedom, “ Caporale said.

In Marietta the flag can frequently can be found flying from the light poles in the downtown area. A huge flag is painted along the side of a Pike Street building. Smaller flags can be found in front of and on top of many of the downtown buildings.

In Muskingum Park an array of flags feature not only the American flag, but the flags for each state that was part of the Northwest Territory that began in Marietta.

Flags line the stern of a houseboat on the Muskingum River.

Flags line the stern of a houseboat on the Muskingum River.

Flags fly along Putnam Street.

Flags fly along Putnam Street.