Today isn't a national holiday... in the sense people have the day off from work... but it IS the day set aside by Congress for Americans to honor their flag. I suppose I should say "some Americans" as the traditional observance of this day isn't what it used to be. Flag Day has never been an occasion for parades, speeches, barbeques, and the like but I remember flags flying from lamp poles downtown and on nearly every house in the neighborhood in years past. Times change, eh?
Speaking of change... our flag has been in its current configuration since 1960 when Hawaii entered the Union. I'm old enough to remember both the short-lived 49-star flag and the 48-star flag. Then there's this, interestingly enough:
As the exact pattern of stars was not specified prior to 1912, and the exact colors not specified prior to 1934, many of the historical U.S. national flags shown below are typical rather than official designs.
That explains the unique characteristics in some of the flags in the above illustration. The Wiki has a good article on the evolution of our flag here.
In other news... we're goin' to Game Seven! The last hockey game of the year will be played in Vancouver tomorrow night and either Boston or Vancouver will raise the Cup and skate it around the ice of Rogers Arena sometime around 2030 hrs, Mountain Time. I'm hopin' the ONE constant thing about this series doesn't hold true: the home team has won every game. I don't know what it is about the Canucks, but they come apart at the seams in TD Garden. That said, those same Canucks have only barely been good enough to beat the B's at home... no blow-outs there. I wanna see Boston win this but the reality of the situation? It's a toss-up.