Tuesday, June 14, 2011
We drove through a little town close to our house Sunday, and they had our nation’s flag everywhere - on buildings, houses and up and down the main street every few feet. Dear Son wondered aloud what was going on, and we immediately decided that it must be early decorations for the Fourth of July. It seemed a little early, but we had been to a family reunion all day and my mind was on other things.
I had forgotten. There IS an important holiday for our nation in June every year.
….and sadly, Flag Day is often rushed through or forgotten entirely.
We remember Flag Day to commemorate the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the U.S. Flag in 1777. It is also the date they adopted the Continental Army.
Perhaps the reason the date is often glossed over is the fact it’s not an official American holiday – government offices and banks don’t close. You still get your mail. President Woodrow Wilson declared June 14th Flag Day, but it has never been an official United States’ holiday and observances are at the President’s discretion.
It doesn’t matter to my family. Our flags are flying today at our house on the front and back porch.
Here are a few past postings here at History Is Elementary regarding the flag…..
13 Things Concerning the Display of the Flag
The Star Spangled Banner – Why It Should Be Our Anthem
The Red Skelton Pledge
Take a few minutes and think about that rectangle of cloth and what it means to you….