While not an official federal holiday, Flag Day is an important day to recognize as part of the American tradition. To many, the American flag is the ultimate symbol of the values that our nation was built on—democracy, equality, freedom, and more. Every day, it flies above us, standing strong in the face of the adversities our nation encounters.

June 14th marks the day that our flag was formally accepted, and while national Flag Day was not established until an act of Congress in 1949, this year marks 240 years that our flag has flown. Its original inception is one of debate, but many believe it was first designed by New Jersey Congressman Francis Hopkinson and sewn by Betsy Ross of Philadelphia. Since its creation, regardless of this debate, the flag has evolved and changed many times as the United States expanded.

Many are aware that the 13 stripes on the flag represent the 13 original colonies and the 50 stars represent each state. However, when walking past a flag, we may not think about its greater symbolism such as the countless sacrifices given by our men and women in uniform. On Civil War battlefields, color bearers considered it an honor and a privilege to carry the flag even though it often resulted in casualty or death. The Pulitzer Prize winning image of six Marines raising the flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima evokes feelings of patriotism and pride for the sacrifices made by our troops during World War II. 

So the next time you see a flag waving in front of the Mansfield Square or on your neighbor’s front porch, I hope you take pause and reflect on the symbolism and significance it holds for you.

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