Today, June 14th is National Flag Day. We fly our Nations flag for many reasons. We are taught as children to pledge our allegiance each morning before our day begins in school. I wanted to share some things with you regarding our flag. It’s history, it’s folds and our allegiance.
This day, June 14th 1777 commemorates the day our flag was adopted as the flag of the United States. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1916 issued a proclamation that made it official as Flag day and in August of 1949, Congress enacted this day as National Flag Day. Each year our president must officially proclaim Flag Day, which the President has proclaimed this week.
“I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during that week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag week by displaying the flag. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day throughout Independence day, also set aside by the Congress as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America”.
When a Flag is folded
- The first fold of our Flag is a symbol of life.
- The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
- The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defence of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
- The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
- The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong”.
- The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we 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.
- The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our Flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our Republic.
After the Flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the Rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.