Happy Flag Day America
Each Nascar event begins with the color guard presenting the American Flag, the National Anthem being sung, a fly-by of US Military and of course prayer. No matter what Kilo and I are doing, everything stops so that we can use that moment to honor this nation and those who willingly sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. I always get goosebumps, and usually tears.
The Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson officially established Flag Day -the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. The history of Flag Day begins long before this and the first known celebration is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'.
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."
If this is the case then my flag is made up of peace and honor, truth and justice, mercy and power, sacrifice and bravery, righteousness and grace, blood, sweat, tears and prayer. For Kilo and me this cloth woven of red, white and blue threads symbolizes the weaving of history good and bad and the people that were such a part of those times and places that makes up this nation that we both love and are blessed to call home.
Happy Flag Day
Please don't miss Red Skelton's Commentary of the Pledge of Allegiance here.
Here is a link for an awesome Johnny Cash song that we really like.
For more on the history of the flag visit here.