Sunday, June 14, 2009

Flag Day

Today is Flag day in the United States. Most people don't even blink. They go about their day as if it is any other. But as a veteran of the US Air Force, I have particular pride in the flag and what it stands for. I see the millions of men and women who have stood behind it and fought for what it stands for - home, civil rights, freedom from tyranny. Yes, I'm a patriot. Having moved a lot in my life, I don't really have a "hometown." But where ever I go they all wave the same flag. So, I'll leave you with the following taken from the official U.S. Flag website - I know, who knew the flag had it's own official website. :)

"Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. ...(and on) August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Yea for the Stars and Stripes. Long may you wave.


Kathryn Magendie said...

We moved a lot when I was growing up, too. Charleston WVA is my "home town" - South Louisiana was the place I lived the longest (so far), but WNC is my HOME!

Here's to Flag Day....*smiling*

Jessica said...

I feel patriotic too, even though I haven't been involved with the military that much. (well a step-dad was a marine)
Anyways, cool thing. Happy Flag Day!

Sandra Ferguson said...

I wish this day were honored during the school year -- chances are a lot more people would know about it then.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My husband is an AF brat!

And thanks for the reminder - we totally missed it.

L. Diane Wolfe

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi everyone-
Thanks for the great comments.

Kathryn- I feel that way about Colorado Springs, CO. :)

Jessica- yay for patriots!!

Sandra- I agree - honoring the flag during the school year would be nicer. I wonder if there is a cool date to change it to...

L.Diane - hug an AF brat today. :)


~Sia McKye~ said...

Well, I'm a Navy brat and a former Navy wife. I'm glad I got to see all of the country I did and you're right, where ever we called home, stateside, there was the flag. Something very reassuring about that. :-)

Marilyn Brant said...

A wonderful reminder, Nancy. Thank you...and it comes with a hug of gratitude to you, too, for having served our country :).

Pamala Knight said...

Thanks for this great post Nancy. My youngest son reminded me this morning during the breakfast bustle that it was Flag Day. I'm proud that he understands the importance of the day and didn't feel shy about bringing it to the forefront of our conversation.

If not for service men and women such as yourself, our lives and flag might be very different. Here's to you.