Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Today is Flag Day.  This marks the 240th anniversary of when, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress made the Stars & Stripes the first national flag.  According to popular legend, the first American flag was designed by Betsy Ross though this belief has no historical basis.

If you have a notion to salute our nation’s banner today, just look up to Jackson Hill in Rome.  It is the location of an exact replica of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1814.  Those words would later be set to music and become the United States’ National Anthem. The flag on Jackson Hill was donated to the City of Rome by the Exchange Club of Rome’s Americanism Committee on Flag Day 2014 and flies on patriotic occasions throughout the year.

June 14th is also the date on which the US Army celebrates its birthday.  On that date in 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to establish the army as the first US military service.

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