Flag Day—it is perhaps America’s most underappreciated holiday of recognition. It falls on June 14th, making the days between Memorial Day and Independence Day a true time for reflection upon the morals and philosophies that encompass the American spirit. This year marks our flag’s 240th anniversary since its official adoption, 240 years that it has endured wars, expansions, modern developments, and more that our country has experienced.
A flag is a nation’s way of portraying itself to the rest of the world. It waves above our homes, schools, and government institutions, welcoming visitors to our country and waving formidably in the face of strong and adverse winds. The American flag in particular is a portrait of our history, with its 13 red and white stripes signifying the original 13 colonies and the 50 stars standing in place of our 50 states. The flag unifies us, reminding us that despite different opinions or upbringings, we are all a part of this country, we are all American.
Perhaps more than anything else, the American flag is our country’s most treasured symbol. We treat it with the greatest reverence, following certain customs for its display and use. It must never be allowed to touch the ground or floor, it should be raised and lowered by hand and never raised furled, and we honor its significance by saluting the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
Why do we show this kind of deference to our flag? Simply put, it’s the most visible symbol of the values we as Americans hold closest, the values that the United States was founded on and continues to thrive on today. Pride, freedom, equality, democracy, hope, and many more themes—these are the tenets that make up the American tradition. So many have sacrificed all in order to preserve these values in the name of our flag, and so it deserves the highest respect.
It can be easy to walk by a flag in your day-to-day life and not give it a second thought. That’s the nature of the flag, it is a constant presence and will continue to fly at the forefront of our country, never faltering, no matter what is thrown our way. This Flag Day is an opportunity to reflect upon Old Glory and remember how it has endured over the years.

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