June 14, 1877, Congress declared today Flag Day, that all public buildings should fly it proudly. Thirteen red and white stripes represents the 13 original states. Red representing valor and hardiness; white representing purity and innocence. The blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice, with a star for each state. I am attending a Flag Day celebration today, and I appreciate those who have fought for, defended and died for what this flag represents.