LINCOLN, Neb. – Tomorrow is Flag Day, the 243rd anniversary of the day in 1777 that the Second Continental Congress officially adopted a flag for the new nation that would be “13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen reminds everyone to proudly fly the U.S. and Nebraska flags, observing the flag etiquette that says no other flag can be flown higher than the national flag. The American flag cannot touch the ground or be flown after dark unless illuminated.
Evnan says “Flags are a reminder of the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens and Nebraskans, a symbol of ourselves.”
He also reminds all Nebraskans that they can ask his office to fly a flag over the State Capitol. The only requirements for the free service is that the person making the request must provide the flag and information on when, why, and for whom the flag will be flown.
Flags are flown Monday-Friday except for holidays, and will be returned with a keepsake certificate signed by Secretary Evnen that includes the date and the purpose of the flight.
More information is available at sos.nebraska.gov/permission-use-state-seal-or-state-flag. Actual requests can be emailed to anna.castronebraska.gov or by calling (402)-471-4070
“My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of
American[s]. The white stripes stand for liberty and equality for
all, the blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty and faith. I represent
these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity… ever
known as Old Glory. Guard me well lest your freedoms perish.”
“I am the Flag” written by Ruth Apperson Rous.