June 14 is Flag Day, a day set aside to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. Flag. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: “. . . [T]he flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Although our flag has “changed” over the years, adding stars for states admitted into the union, The “Stars and Stripes” continues to symbolize our great nation and everything for which it stands: Liberty, freedom, and equality.
We should respect and honor our flag. Many have died defending it. Regardless of race, ethnic origins, political affiliations, social and economic status, and / or religious beliefs, a significant number of Americans have shed their blood to protect “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our way of life, and our enduring and endearing values as a self-determined group: Americans.
There are those who pompously claim that the First Amendment gives them the constitutional right to disgrace, desecrate, dishonor, and disrespect our flag. And yet, as a nation, we fought wars to protect that very right.
On Flag Day, everyone should display “Old Glory” with pride, dignity, and reverence. It is time for Flag Day to be more than simply a mere sales gimmick – that is, just another day of huge bargains at the local shopping mall.
John Di Genio