Flay Day is celebrated on June 14th. The day commemorates the adoption of our United States Flag. This happened on June 14th, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day. It was not until August 1949 that National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday but it is a special day to celebrate our United States Flag.
Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
I think it is especially important to fly a flag when we are at a time of war. We started flying a flag during the first Gulf War and have pretty much flown a flag since then. We owe so much to all the brave men and women who are serving and have served in our military; protecting our country. I feel that flying a flag is just one thing we can do to show our patriotism and let them know we are appreciative of everything they do for this wonderful country of ours.
We are blessed this Flag Day to have our son home safe and sound after being in the Army almost 5 years with two deployments to Iraq. Our son got out of the Army May 2nd and started college June 1st. What a beautiful flag day we are having!
I hope you also have a beautiful flag day; don't forget to put your flag out.