The National Postal Museum honors Flag Day with the featured collection Long May It Wave: The Story of the American Flag through Stamps on its award-winning Web site Arago at www.postalmuseum.si.edu/ARAGOAmericanFlag
Considering the complexity of establishing a functioning national government, the design and creation of a countrys flag is among the more simple tasks. The American flag exemplifies this simplicity in its design with 13 stripes for the number of colonies that rebelled against the British to the stars representing the number of states in the union. Even with all the symbols, structures and people that have come to represent the United States, none can evoke as much feeling, significance and history as the American flag.
Long May It Wave: The Story of the American Flag through Stamps, explores the history of the American flag itself, the day that celebrates its birth, Flag Day, and the many connections the flag has to events in American history and everyday life. As windows into Americas history and culture, postage stamps are perfectly suited to illustrate the story of the flag. Over the years, U.S. stamps have depicted the flag through its many incarnations in ceremonial settings, during periods of monumental conflict to moments of great triumph. Revolutionary War soldiers, Marines during the Battle of Iwo Jima, the NASA astronauts who landed on the moon and millions of average Americans all share a common bond in their displays of the American flag.