On This Day in History: January 29, 

1861 – Kansas admitted as the 34th state

O Flag of Our Union

O flag of our Union,
To you we’ll be true,
To your red and white stripes,
And your stars on the blue;
The emblem of freedom,
The symbol of right,
We children salute you,
O flag fair and bright!

NOTE: This poem was taught in American classrooms nearly a century ago. (Reprinted: 1995 by AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, Maryland 20706-9961)