Thursday is Flag Day.
Too many Americans neither know that June 14 is Flag Day, nor do they know why that day out of the 365 days in a year is set aside to pay homage to our nation’s enduring symbol.
Congress adopted our stars and stripes, minus quite a few stars, as our country’s flag on June 14, 1777. More than a century later, a 19-year-old teacher in Wisconsin did a simple thing, according to the National Flag Day Foundation, putting a small American flag in a bottle on his desk and asked his students to write an essay about it.
Bernard J. Cigrand was that teacher, whose devotion to the American flag led him to pushing for a national Flag Day observance. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation on May 30, 1916 designating June 14 as Flag Day. President Harry Truman signed into law legislation making June 14 Flag Day each year.
Flag Day, on the 241st anniversary of the symbol’s adoption by Congress, is as necessary and meaningful as ever.
Our flag means many things to many people. Around the globe, it means the United States of America and however our country is perceived – good, bad or indifferent - in that part of the world is how our flag is received.
For many Americans, it’s a hallowed symbol of what our country stands for and what our fallen heroes died to protect. For other Americans, it’s not as sacred.
No matter what the flag means to you, take a moment Thursday and every June 14 to recognize it as the symbol of our nation’s past, present and future. And remember that flag represents our nation, the greatest in the world.