Unfurling the Spirit of Flag Day

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From Jason’s Desk:

The month of June brings with it the warm embrace of summer, but for Americans, it also holds a cherished tradition that has endured for over a century – Flag Day. On June 14th, we pause to honor the iconic stars and stripes that have long been a symbol of our nation’s unity, resilience, and unwavering spirit.

The origins of Flag Day can be traced back to 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing June 14th as a day to commemorate the adoption of the American flag. It was a time when the nation was grappling with the challenges of World War I, and the flag served as a rallying point, reminding Americans of the ideals and values that bound them together.

Over the years, Flag Day has evolved from a modest observance to a nationwide celebration, with communities across the country hosting parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and educational programs. These events honor the flag itself and celebrate the principles it represents – freedom, justice, and the pursuit of a more perfect union.

Flag Day serves as a unifying force in a world that often seems divided, reminding us of the common threads that weave us together as Americans. It is a day to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by generations past to uphold the freedoms we hold dear. It is a day to instill in our youth a sense of pride and responsibility, ensuring that the legacy of our flag endures for generations to come.

I can still remember the sense of pride I felt as a kid as we’d stand, face the flag in our classrooms, put our right hands over our hearts, and begin, “I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America…” What fond feelings and memories. My grandfather was a World War 2 veteran. He was so smart, witty, and wise, and definitely loved God, family, and country which continues to inspire me to this day to strive for such excellence. It’s because of great men and women like my grandad that we get to continue striving toward the ideals of liberty and justice for all.

As we look ahead, Flag Day takes on a renewed significance, a beacon of hope and unity in uncertain times. It reminds us that despite our differences, we are bound by a shared love for our country and a commitment to the ideals that have made America a shining example of democracy and freedom.

So, let us embrace the spirit of Flag Day with open hearts and renewed resolve. Let us honor the sacrifices of those who came before us and recommit ourselves to the principles that have guided our nation through its darkest hours. For in the stars and stripes, we find not only a symbol of our past but a promise for a brighter future, where freedom and justice reign supreme.


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