The McCarty Metro Celebrates Flag Day On June 14

History of Our Flag

The flag of the United States of America today has 13 stripes - 7 red and 6 white - and 50 white stars on a blue field - five rows of 6 and four rows of 5. The stripes remind us of the 13 original colonies that gained us our liberty. The stars represent the states that are bound together into one country.

The flag of today grew out of many earlier flags raised in days gone by over American soil.
From the time that America was discovered, different flags flew over different parts of the country; the flags of Spain, France, Holland, Sweden, and England.

An English flag, known as the Red Ensign, waved over the 13 colonies from 1707 to the Revolution. The Red Ensign was the merchant flag of England. It was red with a union in the upper corner combining the cross of St. George (red on white), patron of England, with the diagonal cross (white on blue) of St. Andrew, patron of Scotland.

The flag that became known as the Grand Union flag was raised over George Washington's headquarters outside Boston on January 1, 1776. The Revolutionary War had started the year before and the colonies needed a flag of their own. The Grand Union flag retained the union of the English flag. Six white stripes broke the red field into seven red stripes - a total of 13 stripes.

Grand Union Flag

The first official flag of the new nation was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia. The resolution was passed on June 14, 1777. That is the date we celebrate each year as Flag Day. The resolution specified "that the flag be 13 stripes alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." Since the resolution did not state how the stars were to be arranged, flag makers arranged them in different ways, among them; rows, in a half circle, and in a full circle. The one adopted was made by Betsy Ross and had the stars in a full circle.

First Official Flag

The flag that waved over Fort McHenry when it was bombarded, September 13-14, 1814, was a 15 star and 15 stripe flag. Two stripes and stars had been added to the original 13 on May 1, 1795. It became famous as the Star Spangled Banner. It was the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national athem.

Star-Spangled Banner

The Flag of 1818 had the stripes reduced to 13. Five more stars had been added, for a total of 20. When still more states joined the United States, it became evident that the flag would get to be an awkward shape if more and still more stripes were added. Therefore, on April 4, 1818, Congress passed a law that restored the design back to the original 13 stripes. It also provided that a star be added to the blue field for each new state.

Flag of 1818

Dad Will Never Say
Things You'll Never Hear a Dad Say

Well, how 'bout that?... I'm lost! Looks like we'll have to stop and ask for directions.
You know Pumpkin, now that you're 13, you'll be ready for unchaperoned car dates. Won't that be fun?
I noticed that all your friends have a certain "up yours" attitude ... I like that.
Here's a credit card and the keys to my new car -- GO CRAZY.
What do you mean you wanna play football? Figure skating not good enough for you, son?
Your Mother and I are going away for the weekend. You might want to consider throwing a party.
Well, I don't know what's wrong with your car. Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies -- you know -- that makes it run or something. Just have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.
No son of mine is going to live under this roof without an earring -- now quit your belly-aching, and let's go to the mall.
Whaddya wanna go and get a job for? I make plenty of money for you to spend.
Father's Day? aahh -- don't worry about that -- it's no big deal.


A Message From The Craft Lady...

"A photo album just shows you the photos but a scrapbook tells the story"

Father's Day Card

Here is a great way to tell dad how you feel about all the nice things he does for you.

Supplies Needed:
red, orange, white and blue cardstock
yellow patterned paper
green patterned paper
acrylic stamp
black pen

What To Do:
1. Hand cut 4 hearts from patterned paper & cardstocks.
2. Stamp "I love you" on white cardstock & trim down to a square.
3. Take blue cardstock & cut in half to measure 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Fold in piece in half to form a card.
4. Adhere everything on card as shown in example.
5. Write "dad" in the bottom corner.


Satisfy Dadís sweet tooth with this dessert. It is chocolaty to the core and simple to make and a satisfying finale to any Father's Day meal. This decadent brownie pie is layered with dense chocolate brownie and luscious chocolate pudding and topped with semisweet chocolate shavings and crushed wafers. You can also use it as a base for brownie sundaes.

1 (20 ounce) package chocolate brownie mix with pecans
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup milk
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/4 cup shaved semisweet chocolate, for garnish (optional)

Cooking Instructions

1. Make brownies in a 9x13 inch pan according to package directions. Bake and cool.

2. In a small bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk until smooth. Allow to set up 5 minutes, then spread over cooled brownies. Spread whipped topping over pudding layer. Garnish with shaved chocolate and crushed chocolate wafers immediately before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.





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