June 13, 2010
Flag Day is arguably our most forgotten holiday. It doesn’t have the commercial power of Halloween or the religious significance of Easter and Christmas. It also lacks the reverence of Memorial Day and the celebratory punch of the Fourth of July.
And still, Flag Day holds meaning. From its humble beginning at a Wisconsin public school in 1885, the day has been an observation of our national banner and what it signifies. With that in mind, it could be argued Flag Day is a celebration of what allows its more famous and recognized siblings to exist.
First Amendment protections of speech and religious freedom provide for the observance of Halloween, as well as Easter and Christmas. The flag symbolizes our nation’s sovereignty, freedom and liberty, all of which are defended by our military who are honored each Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
When you get down to it, Flag Day is a (much) more reserved version of Independence Day.
The flag received its due this weekend in Lima, first with the Exchange Club’s West Central Ohio Healing Field and then with the Optimists Salute America program Sunday with the Elks Lodge Flag Day program. Such programs are nice to see, reminding people the Lima area is full of people who believe in paying respect to the flag.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act, which stated, “Resolved that the flag of the United States be made of 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new Constellation.”
As our nation has grown, so has the number of stars on the flag. But the 13 stripes have been a constant. You could see the stars representing our nation’s ability to grow and prosper, and the stripes as the bedrock principles which have guided us from the start.
So pull out your Stars and Stripes and display it proudly and properly today.