She’s a Grand Old Flag

Dear Editor:

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: β€œ. . . [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 β€œchanged” over the years, adding stars for states admitted into the union, The β€œStars 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 β€œThe 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 β€œOld 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