14 June 2009

Old Glory

Historical trivia: today is Flag day.




According to Wikipedia: In the US, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.

Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110[2] is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance.

Interesting holiday. No Hallmark cards, no special sales at the stores, no parades. The flag is a symbol of our country (as with other nations). It represents a culture/heritage/history. Many people have fought and died for this symbol and the freedoms is represents. It stands for something bigger that a piece of cloth.

Fly a flag today.

2 comments:

Brigid said...

Yes. I might be unique or old fashioned in this, but I don't want to see the flag as a necktie, bikini or outfit for your wiener dog.

Thanks for a gentle and timely reminder of what it means.

meleah rebeccah said...

"Many people have fought and died for this symbol and the freedoms is represents. It stands for something bigger that a piece of cloth."

AMEN to that! And Happy Flag Day!