2012-06-14 / Editorial

Flag Day

Our Opinion

Today (Thursday, June 14) is Flag Day.

It marks the day the flag of the United States was adopted, which occurred in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress.

According to the Library of Congress, the resolution read, “Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Those 32 words and what they represent have equaled hope and unity to millions of Americans since they were written. The flag is part of countless depictions of patriotism, from paintings of George Washington with the flag to the famous “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” photograph taken in 1945 by Joe Rosenthal.

Following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, flags could be seen flying at homes and businesses throughout America. The flag brought us together and gave us hope as a nation. It is a national symbol in more ways than one.

For young men and women going into battle, the flag is always facing forward. To athletes before a contest, it serves as a symbol to give pause and honor our country. To our veterans and deceased veterans, it gives us a chance to honor them.

The flag is much more than the cotton or nylon from which it is made. It deserves respect and honor.

This Flag Day take time to learn about the flag, flag etiquette and give it the honor and respect it deserves.

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