WHY DO WE CELEBRATE THE FLAG?

June 14, 2020

Today, on June 14th, American as a nation will be celebrating Flag Day. It should be a special day for everyone who considers themselves to be a patriotic American.

Unfortunately, at this particular time, many don’t understand or appreciate what The U.S. flag represents. That makes me sad because many people died in different wars to fight for our flag and what it means to patriotic people.

We celebrate Memorial Day to honor the men and women who died for our freedom. But on Flag Day we celebrate the flag itself.

A cursory history of the U.S. flag would do any American good. It will help you remember what many of us were taught in grade school. (I have heard from many that that is not taught in public schools anymore.)

I won’t do all the research for you, but here are a few highlights.

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson made a presidential proclamation that the country would celebrate June 14th as a day to honor the flag.

The flag was accepted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777 as the official American flag. Of course, it has evolved through many changes to become what it is today.

The idea to have a national day of celebration for our flag has a controversial history. Some historians say the first idea was from George Harris in 1861. Others say it was from Bernard Cigrand in 1885.  Then there are some other mentions with later dates.

The actual time the celebration was first mentioned is irrelevant to me. The great thing is that many people thought it was a good idea. I agree 100%.

I’ve heard of those who burn the flag and disrespect it in other ways say, “It’s just a piece of cloth.”

To me, that’s blasphemy or treason.  It IS a piece of cloth. But it has special meanings to so many.

One of the things that angers me so much in our modern times is to see football players or other athletes taking the “knee” while the National Anthem is being played or sung.

I don’t care how good an athlete is to his team, if I were the owner of a team that had such a disrespectable player on it, I would figure out a way to FIRE him.  Money is only worth so much to a team owner. Is it worth it to have a traitor on your team?

Such dissenters always say, “That’s how I show my grievance to the country.”

And the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed with such dissenters. I suppose that’s an appropriate decision by the Court. I agree with dissenters having a right to free speech, although I will always disagree with dissenters over doing such a disrespectful act.

There’s much more about the flag I could say. And I am certain you have many thoughts about the flag yourself.

But as an American, and a Christian, I see so much good in our country. How God has blessed and prospered America. Would I ever want to live anywhere else? NO!

God Bless You and God Bless America,
Spencer Plumley

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