POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 5:54pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:42am
Tyler , TX (KETK) — Two hundred and thirty-six years ago congress adopted a flag.
It had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars.
Today, there are 50 stars, but the flag still represents the same thing.
Freedom, Patriotism, and Unity.
Flag day was officially established and written into law in August of 1949 and has been recognized ever since.
And the celebration of June 14 is especially prevalent right here in East Texas.
Neighborhoods have turned red, white, and blue.
We caught up with Tyler resident Linda Cole as she was setting up flags outside her home.
She says it's important to be proud of your country.
"It's sad that more people are not proud American citizens," Cole said. " I love our country and the freedoms that we have."
And at 'In The Wind' flag store they say it's an honor to carry the American flag in their store.
"I am very proud to have the United States flag. We sell so many to businesses and individuals right here in East Texas."
There are rules however to caring for your flag. Owner Lynette Brynie says do not let it touch the ground and never throw it away.
"You can drop them off at the fire station," Brynie said. "They will take them and give them to the boy scouts and as I understand they have a ceremony, where they retire the flags."