Stars and Stripes

The unofficial end of the summer and a celebration of America’s working men and women is upon us. The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy.  According to the U.S. Flag Code, Labor Day is a holiday in which ‘Old Glory’ should be front and center!

Did you know?

  • The United States Flag is the third oldest of the National Standards of the world; older than the Union Jack of Britain or the Tricolor of France.
  • The colors of the Flag: red is for valor, zeal and fervency; white for hope purity, cleanliness of life, and rectitude of conduct; blue for loyalty, sincerity, justice and truth.
  • In 1818 Congress enacted that the number of stripes be reduced and restricted henceforth to thirteen representing the thirteen original states; while a star should be added for each succeeding state. That law is the law of today.
  • The flag is alive! The U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(j) says “The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”
  • A flag positioned upside down is a sign of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property; essentially an S.O.S.

PIERS wishes those working hard to meet need, acquire their wants and ensuring that their dreams come true a Happy Labor Day!


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