June 14, 2019
Today marks the 242nd anniversary of the adoption of the American flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. Since then, the flag has flown over our nation as a powerful symbol of independence, freedom, and hope.
Forged in the fires of war and adversity, the American flag has blazed time and time again through the darkness of hardships in our history as a burning beacon of the indomitable spirit of its people. By honoring the flag, we honor those men and women who courageously fought and perished for this nation in order to protect your rights and freedoms and allow the flag to fly free.
In the words of Henry Ward Beecher, “A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the nation that sets it forth.”
On this Flag Day, we celebrate and honor the American flag’s enduring message of freedom and hope. Together, let us all take a moment to remember those who heroically fought to protect that message and truly make America the land of the free and the home of the brave.