Flag Day is celebrated by Americans on June 14 each year and commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the Red, White and Blue in front of homes and businesses. Some communities, schools, and veterans’ organizations hold Flag Day events, essay contests, ceremonies, and picnics. Presidents have also issued proclamations for National Flag Week.
This day is not as much about the Flag itself but the people it represents. Americans are only as strong as their beliefs.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that requested an official observance of Flag Day on June 14. His actions were viewed as a recognition of the anniversary of the original creation of the flag in 1777. President Calvin Coolidge did something similar in 1927, but Flag Day would have to wait until 1949 before Congress would approve the holiday. It was signed into law by President Harry Truman.
Flag Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, June 14, 2020, and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in the United States. Although Flag Day is a nationwide observance, it is not a public holiday in some parts of the United States. But Flag Day means so much more to those that served in the military and that enjoy the freedom to live life in an open society. Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.
Please enjoy this video by Johnny Cash … “This Old Flag” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0Jl2qOFOJk
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