I don’t know about you, but when I see those giant American flags which are erected by counties, or businesses (car dealerships are doing a fine job of displaying Old Glory), I feel such wonder and pride in my heart to see it waving in the wind. I’ve always been proud of the American flag and I always perk up when I see the colors red, white and blue. But… as a well-grown adult (I’m 63), and having learned much more of the rich history of the birth of our nation, I have a hard time pulling away from watching one of those flags wave. I love to watch. I love to ponder what she means.
I realize that our flag is a powerful symbol of the true meaning and sacrifice of being an American. It’s a symbol of Liberty. I feel it in my heart, my mind, my body. We are all part of an incredible piece of the history of mankind. A HUGE diversion from what was, to what was possible. Individual liberty. Freedom from tyrannical rule and rulers. It’s astounding and amazing that our Founders pulled it off. For us, their posterity.
Sadly, a large percentage of students across our country are not being taught the history of this country. It’s up to parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles and friends to do that job. Even if it means taking the time to learn it all ourselves first.
In researching the history of Flag Day I found this wonderful webpage with a well-researched history of the flags of the United States, and pre-USA flags. They also happen to sell Made in the USA flags, so shop if you feel so inclined. I’m going to buy my next flag from that company.
A quote from their site: “On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag of the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved, that the 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."”
It also happens to be the birthday of President Donald J. Trump. Now that’s pretty cool!