Officially established by President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation as a national event in 1916 and officially signed into legislation by President Harry S. Truman in 1949, Americans set aside a day in mid-June to celebrate the national symbol of freedom, the star spangled banner. The week of June 14 is recognized as National Flag Week where we honor the flag by flying it high on the top of buildings, celebrating with parades, and holding special events to recognize the importance of this national emblem.
Flag Day first started when BJ Cigrand, a Wisconsin school teacher, held a birthday celebration for the 108thanniversary of Old Glory. While we should show respect for our nation and reverence for historical significance every day of the year, Flag Day is a time to take a step back and appreciate the lessons that our nation’s flag has to offer. As Americans, we should always strive to help others achieve the safety and security that we can appreciate in our daily lives.
To honor this significant day let’s take a quick look at the meaning behind the different components of the flag. The white stripes signify purity and innocence; the red stripes are representative of hardiness and valor; while the blue indicates vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The fifty white stars represent the fifty states while the thirteen stripes are representative of the original British colonies.
This coming week, share knowledge about the Star Spangled Banner to keep the story and history alive or consider donating to an organization that works to preserve this holiday.
The National Flag Day Foundation carries on the traditions and commemoration of Congress adopting The Stars and Stripes as the symbol of the United States. Consider making a donation to this organization to keep this important tradition alive.