In Honor of Flag Day

Are you treating your flag properly?

Are you treating your flag properly?

Military spouse, Kate Garrion, put together this beautiful testament to patriotism and Flag Day for SargesList. Following her piece are several little-known facts about Flag Day, which will take place on June 14.

Flag Day

As I look out off of my balcony to a lake and freshly farmed fields of crops, I see my America. My home. The America my grandfathers fought for and the America my husband continues to serve. It is America, the land of the free. I see Ronald Reagan‚Äôs idea of freedom. ‚ÄúFreedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.‚Äù

We take our freedom for granted because it is a normal part of our everyday lives. People would literally die to have our freedom, as they have done for generations. If we want to pray, we pray! If we want to speak our minds, we speak our minds! If we want to travel, we travel! If we want to open a business, we open a business! We can because we are a democracy and we are FREE. Just think of the  sacrifice that has been made for us to enjoy these freedoms!

This is what our loved ones have fought for, are fighting for, and will continue to fight for. They sacrifice for us and let us sleep in peace at night while they are protecting what America was made to be.

The flag is a symbol of our great nation. It is a symbol that represents not only who we are, but also what we stand for and what we believe. When I think of what our flag means it goes beyond just colors; red for valor, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. To me the flag represents everything the foundation of America is built on. Our freedom is not set in stone, it is something we continually have to sacrifice to defend.  The flag stands for a nation that does not back down.

America is a nation that comes together and shares the idea of patriotism.  When I see the flag flying high, I feel the bond with all others who share  the same passion and love that I have for our country.  The flag is a visual representation of our American brotherhood that is unwavering.  It is a symbol of pride and respect for those who have fought and continue to fight for the freedoms that we have the privilege of enjoying today.

If you are proud enough to display and stand up for the American flag on Flag Code, it shows a strong love of your country and the willingness to sacrifice for it. This value is what is engrained into any patriot in this amazing country. Sadly today, not everyone has been brought up with these moral principles and sense of pride in our country.  Our flag represents mankind’s desire for freedom and making it a reality, while also bringing America together against all threats. As long as our flag is still flying, there is still hope for our future and the bond that brings us together as a nation.

Do you know your flag?

  • Flag Day is always celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the United States flag, which was official by a resolution by Congress in 1777. The Army Birthday also shares this day.¬† President Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established Flag Day in 1949.
  • Burning is proper way to dispose of old flags. Each year, around the country, flag burning ceremonies are conducted on Flag Day to honor and retire worn flags.
  • According to the Flag Code – the official rules regarding the handling of American flags – when a flag is worn and unsuitable for display, it is appropriate to burn it. Flags should never be thrown away.
  • The Flag Code does not include specific details about how a flag should be burned but suggests any tasteful manner is acceptable.
  • American Legion Posts as well as other base and state government installations will often accept your worn flags for disposal.

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