Flag Day June 14th!

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, .

Flag Day

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!

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6 Responses to Flag Day June 14th!

  1. Jen Ulrich says:

    I’m usually caught off guard with Flag Day, also. Memorial Day and July 4th are big holidays that everyone looks forward to, and most people will remember to put their flag out on those days. At our latest rental, we have a nice big porch with big pillars, and one of the first things I did after moving in was stick that flag pole bracket right out front! I love being able to have my American flag fly every day. I don’t take the time to think about its meaning as often as I should, even though I have several friends and relatives that have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. We truly live in the greatest country in the world, and I hope everyone that sees my flag realizes that I believe that, and that they believe it, too.

  2. Jim Benedict says:

    Thanks Matt for another great blog post! It’s nice to hear about Flag Day, sometimes it’s a forgotten holiday. I have great admiration for Flag Day, as we grew up just outside of Waubeka and looking out our front window across the small valley, we could see the Stony Hill School, the schoolhouse that Bernard Cigrand taught at while he campaigned for the national holiday.
    While attending grade school nearby, (which, incidentally, is now The Americanism Center Museum, home of Flag Day), we made the pledge every morning and it was a special privilege to be picked to raise and lower the flag each school day. We were taught respect for the flag, the proper way to handle it, never allowing it to touch the ground! Once a year, we made the trip up the road to Stoney Hill to remind us of the sacrifices that were made to allow us the freedoms that our flag represents. I still have the book they gave us, “Our Flag” and I plan on sharing it my son.
    On a more personal note, I always had good memories at Stoney Hill and decided to propose to my wife on the front porch of the school 4 years ago. She said “yes” and the rest is history!

  3. Thanks for recognizing this holiday Matt! The only time I ever remember even talking about Flag Day is in grade school – after that it just got lost in our schedules. It’s so important for us to recognize the meaning behind the flag! Thanks for sharing! Also, congratulations on all that you and Michelle are accomplishing. Your ability to develop leaders is inspiring and I am so proud of all the growth you guys are having. You are feeding your faith and it’s a great example for me to watch from a distance! Thank you for leading!!

  4. Matt Mielke says:

    Matt, thanks for reminding ME of the significant history of Flag Day. I love your patriotism. Thanks for helping to keep the history of our country alive! Michelle

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