The ET Brisson Detachment of the Marine Corps League believes it's appropriate and fitting to incorporate this particular section on our website....OUR NATIONAL FLAG, "The Star Spangled Banner" a long standing symbol of Freedom, Liberty and Justice for all.
Many of our brother Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen gave their lives for the values it represents. May it long fly over our nation with dignity, uniting us and leading us to
victory over tyranny.
Our National Flag, the red, white and blue flag of the United State of America, has many names:
The most pupular being "The Stars and Stripes", however no one actually knows the origin of this name. Francis Scott Key first called the United States flag the "Star Spangled Banner" in 1814, when he wrote the poem that became the national anthem. William Driver, a sea captin from Salem, MA, gave the name "Old Glory" to the US flag in 1824.
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America. This mission was designed to reflect the Founding Fathers' beliefs, values and sovereignty of the new Nation. In heraldic devices,
such as seals, each element has a specific meaning, even colors have specif meanings.
The red, white and blue did not have meaning for the Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777, however the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meaning.
Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated: "The colors of the pales (vertical stripes) are those used in the
Flag of the United States of America, White signifies purity and innocence; Red...hardiness and valor; and Blue...the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perserverance and justice."