A Celebration Of Our Nation's Symbol: Flag Day
It is June 14th and today is a holiday. Did you know that today we celebrate the symbol of our independence? The fabric of our country. We honor our flag by marching in parades and displaying it in all its glory. It is this day that Flag Day was proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson in August 1949 and officially assumed by an Act of Congress. The first flag day was observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress. The day can only be declared for celebration by the President, although some states like Pennsylvania have recognized it as an official holiday.
We will fly our nations' symbol outside of my house, it is our slice of the American dream. Remember it is our founding fathers who put aside their personal differences to form a country that offers hope to all that live here. Their struggles are still prevalent and the vigilance that they displayed should be re-energized by our citizens to become more involved in preserving the intent of our country.
It was visionary and educator Bernard J. Cigrand's quest to seek the appropriate respect and observance of this day that lead to its proclamation. It goes to show that with a dream, determination, and ability, change is enviable.
His recognition of symbolism and spirit currently resonates on the 14th of June. I only wish the appropriate respect was demonstrated daily because there are flags worth burning and we need to continue to encourage people to respect the values our nation stands for.