“They are raising the flag to celebrate my birthday!” joked my great uncle every year, who was born on June 14 and served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
June 14, or Flag Day, commemorates the Second Continental Congress’s adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. Pres. Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in May 1916 establishing the annual national observation of the Stars and Stripes.
Today let’s honor this symbol of our nation’s freedom as we continue to fight to uphold the values Old Glory represents. Countless generations of Americans have sacrificed themselves to gift us such freedom.