It’s the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, so I’ll wish you a safe and happy holiday if you’re in the U.S., or a great Wednesday!
My husband has informed me that the fifteen stars and stripes stand for the fifteen existing United States. It was a flag like this that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” during the War of 1812.
I was surprised to learn that the “poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London,” according to Wikipedia. Ironic, considering the war was between the U.S. and the British Empire.
Photo taken in Chestertown, Maryland.