A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
~John Philip Sousa
I was caught by surprise, again, that June 14th is Flag Day. How many days I have flown the red, white and blue while barely understanding its significance, or, the sacrifice that it took to keep it flying.
Below is an article celebrating flag day reprinted from Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin’s 5th district, .
Every June 14, we celebrate “Flag Day” because our flag is much more than a piece of fabric; it represents the sacrifice of those who served and unites us all as Americans. The flag is a symbol for freedom, equality, and justice.
Our state has a special place in the history of the American Flag. The “Father of Flag Day,” Bernard J. Cigrand, is in fact, a Wisconsin native and a grade school teacher from Waubeka. He worked tirelessly to promote a day of national observance for our flag. He traveled across the country delivering speeches and publishing articles and editorials on patriotism and the flag.
Commander Latimer and his post are passionate about why it is so important to show our respect to the American Flag.
“This is an opportunity to demonstrate our respect for the Nation’s Colors,” Latimer said. “Most Americans don’t know how the flag should be properly displayed and most people have no clue how to respect the flag when it’s no longer serviceable. This flag is more than a piece of cloth but a living entity—it represents you and me. As long as that flag is flying, we have freedom.”
“At the American Legion, we receive our Nation’s Colors that have honorably flow above businesses and homes, and now because of weathering effects, are no longer presentable,” he continued. “Then, at our Veteran’s Day ceremony those flags are presented to be retired with solemn honors by the Officers of the Post, whether torn, tattered, or faded.”
It’s clear that flag etiquette represents much more than following some rules to Commander Latimer and his post. These veterans fought for the flag and all it represents. They risked their own lives and lost many friends and peers while serving. We can honor them, and all of our veterans, by showing our respect to the flag.
Be proud of this nation as we salute our flag and pledge allegiance to the emblem of this great nation. With honor and dignity we recognize the sacrifice and the thousands of lives lost to establish and protect the many blessed freedoms we now enjoy.
Happy Flag Day!
Godspeed to the life you’ve always wanted!