Flag Day

Flag Day has always been a special holiday for me because it’s also my birthday.

When I was a child my father used to tell me that all of the flags were out especially for me!  It was exciting that people flew flags for my birthday, but not for anyone else.

By the time I went off to school I’d found out the truth.  It was disappointing, but it didn’t take away my pleasure of seeing all of the American flags on display.

People don’t display the flag on holidays like they used to.  When I was a child it was unusual for a home to not have a flag flying on national holidays.  In our town a lot of people still fly their flags, but a lot of people aren’t even aware that June 14th is Flag Day.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.  The US Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on the same day as Congress adopted “the American Continental Army” on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress.

Flags may not fly in honor of my birthday, but Flag Day will always have a special place in my heart.