In the United States, June 14 is celebrated every year as Flag Day, because, on this day in 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag. Of course this flag only had thirteen stars, one for each state that existed at the time.
Supposedly Betsy Ross sewed this first flag from a small sketch given to her by George Washington (sadly, this story can’t be proven).
You can celebrate today by raising the flag, learning about flag history and etiquette, host a party, or making (and eating!) a flag cake.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
1 Timothy 2:1-4
On April 21, 1836, the Texan Army (about 900 strong) under Sam Houston decidedly defeated the Mexican Army (just under 1400 men) under General Santa Anna. Apparently, Santa Anna was confident in his army’s superior numbers and weapons, but Houston made a surprise attack in broad daylight during the afternoon siesta. Surprisingly, there were no guards posted to sound the alarm.
Today Texans celebrate San Jacinto Day because that is the day that they (practically) won independence from Mexico. Official recognition came much later, but Santa Anna was captured and his troops withdrew. A festival and reenactment is held every year at the site near San Jacinto.
“Let them give glory to the LORD
and proclaim his praise in the islands.
The LORD will march out like a mighty man,
like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;
with a shout he will raise the battle cry
and will triumph over his enemies.”
Patriot’s Day (or Patriots’ Day, depending on where you live) marks the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the battles of Lexington and Concord, and “the midnight ride of Paul Revere.” Many New England states have a huge celebration on the third Monday in April, although the battles were actually held on April 19.
I’m a minor history buff, so I really enjoy this type of holiday. Someday, I’d love to celebrate Patriot’s Day in Massachusett’s Minute Man National Historical Park. Besides the parades, ceremonies, and general excitement, they also host a huge reenactment with all sorts of people completely dressed for the part.
“The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The LORD is a warrior;
the LORD is his name.”
[This day should not be confused with Patriot Day, commemorating those lost in the 9/11 attacks in 2001.]