Happy Flag Day - 200th Anniversary Of Star Spangled Banner

Photo by Kyle Quick of the American Flag next to the Pepsi Main Stage at the 2013 Washington Town and Country Fair.

June 14th National Flag Day - What would life be like without symbols? We often use simple pictures to show complex ideas, with something small representing something big. Wedding rings mean marriage. Mobile phone icons lead to us take action. Flags represent nations.

Americans observe Flag Day each year on June 14, the day when the Continental Congress first issued the U.S. Flag in 1777.

This year’s Flag Day is extra special because 2014 also the 200th anniversary year of The Star-Spangled Banner, our national anthem written by Francis Scott Key, a Maryland attorney. The U.S. Flag, America’s most recognizable symbol, inspired Key to write his famous song’s lyrics.