Posts Tagged Flag Day
In a time when we have a wanna-be-dictator occupying our White House, abusing the title of President, we see this guy incessantly apologizing to the world for America’s mere existence and obvious exceptionalism. He ignores our laws and spits on our freedoms. We see him, time and time again, disrespect our military. We see him refuse to salute the flag and to even declare that we are a nation “under God” or even that our rights are “endowed by our Creator”. We see the complete opposite of the American spirit and principles coming from this guy. But, alas, I do not want to focus on him. It is simply amazing that we have a person in “leadership” that holds such disdain for this great country. That goes for the entire administration. Take heart, for they, and their supporters, are the loud and obnoxious minority! I, for one, will never apologize for being an American! They will not make me shut up or sit down because of patriotism or faith. And, hey, speaking of patriotism and related things, today is a great day . . .
It’s Flag Day, everyone! Do not cower in embarrassment or shame to be American! Stand proud! Fly the flag high! What is a flag but a banner that declares a territory, holding high patriotic pride and symbolism. Psalm 60:4 states, “You have given a banner to those who fear you, to be displayed because of the truth.” Pardon me while I actually quote Lee Greenwood in my “God bless the USA” moment, “The flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away!” Our flag is an exceptional flag. It shows our exceptionalism as a nation . . . as a people. Do not let idiots, liberals and progressives ruin our country any longer. Have pride and stand strong. We are in a rough spot, but there is plenty of reason to have pride in America and to still believe in American exceptionalism! America’s principles still work, we just have to throw out all the crap that hinders it from functioning as designed.
As I thought about the fact that it is Flag Day, I actually wondered of its origins and I found something quite surprising. Come with me as we go back in history . . .
On June 14, 1777, the Flag Resolution was passed that officially established the American flag as such by declaring, “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” (taken from The National Flag Day Foundation’s website). That was the official “birth” and recognition of the flag, but not the beginning of Flag Day, as we know it.
It is believed that the origins of Flag Day began in 1885 with a 19 year old school teacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin by the name of Barnard John Cigrand (known as BJ Cigrand). On June 14th of that year – the 108th anniversary of the Flag Resolution – Mr. Cigrand placed a 38 star flag in the single room schoolhouse and had the students write essays on what the flag meant to them. (Can you imagine such an atrocity in today’s public schools?!) Every year, on June 14th, he would observe “Old Glory’s” birthday and encouraged everyone to recognize it and be proud of it.
Long story short, there were some other teachers and leaders that observed the flag’s “birthday” in various parts of the country (New York, Pennsylvania, etc). There ended up being nearly 30 years of state and local celebrations of the unofficial “Flag Day” that occurred annually on June 14th. Finally, here’s the surprising part, on May 30th, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson – aka the founder of modern liberalism/progressivism – proclaimed that June 14th would be recognized as the flag’s anniversary. It wasn’t until Harry Truman was in office, however, that an Act of Congress was signed, on August 3rd, 1949, designating June 14th as “National Flag Day.”
So, Happy Flag Day! In honor of our flag and the tremendous exceptionalism, sacrifice, hard work, Divine Providence and freedom it stands for, let us proudly say the words that offend every progressive on the planet:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all.
Stand proud, America. If you have an American flag, fly it high! Truth and freedom always prevail!
For the record, in reading for Flag day, I looked at the following: