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Thursday
Jun132013

The History of Flag Day

Stars and Stripes, Red White & Blue, Let Freedom Ring...

 

We typically associate the American Flag with the 4th of July, the date that many of us know as "America's birthday", but a special day was designated for the adoption of the American Flag on June 14th, 1977.

236 years ago today, the United States, more specifically the Second Continental Congress, adopted the American Flag. According to History.com, "When the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, the colonists didn’t yet unite under a single flag. Instead, they fought mainly under unit or regimental flags, according to Marc Leepson, author of the book “Flag: An American Biography.” One flag of the time featured a picture of a coiled rattlesnake with the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me,” while another showed a pine tree with the words “An Appeal to Heaven.” “There really wasn’t anything that was stars and stripes, red, white and blue.”

Until two years later, in 1777. It was then the American Flag was determined to be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, and that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.

Nobody is certain who designed the American Flag or what the significance of the red, white, and blue colors are, but to this day the American Flag is a recognizable symbol of our nation's strength, unity, and pride. We celebrate this special symbol on June 14th, otherwise known as Flag Day.

Wednesday
Feb062013

A Nickel for your Thoughts?

Canada said goodbye to the penny this Monday, February 4th, 2013. (Ironically, right before Lincoln's birthday, who is on the United States' penny).

It has been said that the Canadian penny is believed to be a cluttery nuisance, having too little value and is sometimes known as the "currency without any currency" due to the fact that it actually costs more to make a penny than the penny itself is worth, according to USA Today.

Some people believe the US is going to follow Canada's footsteps and eliminate the penny also, others believe it to be absurd and worry about inflation and how rounding will affect prices.

According to Americans for Common Cents, a poll was taken in 2012, and found that over two-thirds (67%) of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation, and 77% were concerned that "if the government implements a rounding system for cash purchases, businesses might raise prices."

Fun fact: The average American home has roughly $93.75 worth of pennies collected in jars, lost under sofa cushions, of forgotten in old purses and pockets.

Just over 1,000 new pennies are minted every second. With that being said, what do you think? Is the US penny losing its value or will it be in circulation for years to come?