"Forever in peace may you wave"

 USMC War MemorialToday, June 14th, is Flag Day. The day would have passed my attention, but I saw a note on Wikipedia this afternoon that I thought was pretty interesting. Typically the U.S. Flag is displayed only between sunrise and sunset. But, I've just learned that there are places around the country where the flag is displayed continuously by way of Presidential Proclamation or other law. Four of those areas are within the National Park Service.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
A 15-star/15-stripe flag is always on display. The fort is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay. It was during this bombardment of the fort that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star-Spangled Banner, the poem that would eventually be turned into the national anthem of the United States. [wikipedia description]

Valley Forge National Historic Site
Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The hardships of the encampment claimed the lives of one in ten, nearly all from disease. Despite the privations suffered by the army at Valley Forge, Washington and his generals built a unified professional military organization that ultimately enabled the Continental Army to triumph over the British. [nps description]

Washington Monument
Fifty U.S. Flags are displayed continuously at the base of the monument [photo]. Alone among the Founders of the United States George Washington earned the title "Father of his Country" in recognition of his leadership in the cause of American independence. Appointed commander of the Continental Army in 1775, he molded a fighting force that won independence from Great Britain. [nps description]

U.S.M.C. War Memorial
on the George Washington Memorial Parkway
The location and date of every major Marine Corps engagement up to the present is enscribed around the base of the memorial. It is sometimes said that there is enough room left to record the Marine Corps' achievements for the next millennia. The granite base of the memorial bears two inscriptions: "In honor and in memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10, 1775.", and "Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue." [wikipedia description]

The title of today's post comes from an old song "You're a Grand Old Flag". The chorus: "You're a grand old flag, you're a high flying flag, and forever in peace may you wave. You're the emblem of, the land I love. The home of the free and the brave."