Everyone knows the significance of July 4th to America, but do you know that June 14th marks an important occasion as well? It is our country’s annual Flag Day, when citizens remember the origins of the uniquely American brand of freedom as reflected in the red, white, and blue of our flag. The week containing Flag Day (June 11-17 this year) also receives special recognition as National Flag Week.


The American flag is a common occurrence in our nation, found in our schools, businesses, and even our homes. However, it is not just a simple identifying symbol that distinguishes the United States from other countries. It is, rather, a significant expression and representation of all that the great American nation stands for: its history, ideals, values, and traditions.


The birth of the flag dates back a few centuries, when it was adopted on June 14, 1777. Flag Day as we know it today was not officially established until President Harry Truman signed off on specific legislation declaring it as such in August of 1949. National Flag Week was instituted 17 years later in 1966 at the request of Congress.


So how can you celebrate Flag Day? There are many ways to show your patriotism and appreciation for our country. Attend a flag-raising ceremony, watch a Flag Day parade in your community, put up a flag in your window at home, or simply take some time to research the history of our flag and nation. However you choose to observe this special day and surrounding week, my hope is that your knowledge and love of America deepens in meaningful ways.


The next time you see the 50 stars and 13 stripes of the American flag, take a moment to reflect on how far we have come as a people and as a nation. It is truly a privilege to call myself an American and live with the full assurance of my individual rights and liberties. This Flag Day and Flag Week, may we all remember the significance of “Old Glory” and pledge our allegiance with pride and gratitude.


 

 
 
 
  
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