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National Flag Day, is a day to honor our flag and the great country it stands for.
The American flag is a powerful symbol, carrying many meanings in different situations. For many it stands for hope, hope for a better tomorrow. For others a sense of pride from being an American. The flag is flown in celebration of our triumphs and flown during loss. The American flag has inspired many songs, poems, artwork, and books. The flag is used to symbolize our heroic service members who have fought, died, and continue to fight for our freedom to proudly display our nationalism in the sky. It is flown after horrible acts of violence to unite America. Standing strong in the air demonstrates our strength will always rise and persevere in times of need.
Flag Day, June 14, was established by President Harry S. Truman on August 3, 1949.
But when did the American flag become our official flag?
On June 14, 1777 an act was signed by the Second Continental Congress declaring an official flag for the United States. The act stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.“
What does the colors and everything mean?
The thirteen stripes represent the thirteen British Colonies that became the first states in the Union after winning against the British Monarchy. The stars represent the states within the United States, thus the reason why the number has grown over the years. The stars also signify heaven and the goal for all men to reach. The stripes embody the rays of light from the sun. The white symbolizes purity and innocence, red signifies hardiness and valor, and the blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
What the American Flag means to me?
As a veteran, I take great honor in our flag and everything it represents. I was filled with so much pride when I graduated bootcamp. And I do not mean the formal graduation in front of friends and family. I mean the night after a series of tests and battles were won declaring my teammates and myself sailors in the United States Navy. When I stood at attention with my shipmates and was presented my Navy ball cap, retiring the recruit ball cap. Saluting the flag for the first time as a sailor while the National Anthem played.
Watching the flag rise each morning for colors, and listening to our Nation’s Anthem stirs a passion of pride. Remembering what our great country stands for, and honoring those who died protecting that freedom. I can’t help but to tear up every time I hear the National Anthem.
The pledge of allegiance, a simple morning ritual
I remember as a child I had a small flag on a stick. Like the ones they pass out at parades or festivals. I’m not even sure why I did this. During the summer when I was not in school, I would pledge allegiance to the flag. Just like I did every day while in elementary school. Maybe it was a habit and it felt natural to start my day off just like I did in school. Looking back, I was being pretty silly, standing there alone in my room carrying out this ritual. Little did I know that the pledge of allegiance said in school every day was developing so much pride and honor in me.
I’d love to hear what does the American Flag mean to you?
Grab your 4×6 American flags for your 4th of July celebrations.
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