On June 14 we honor Old Glory on National Flag Day. This day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.
On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents. Representing independence and unity, the Star Spangled Banner has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly.
While Betsy Ross has been given credit for stitching together the first American flag, there isn’t any sound evidence supporting the story. At the same time, there is any to disprove it, either. During Ross’s Revolutionary time, several standards were carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside. Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times. For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect. In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4. President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.
Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag. His was one f the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day. President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.” — HT: National Calendar
The American flag stands for the freedoms that we enjoy, but those freedoms have come at a great price. This great nation is the envy of many in the world, and those who would stand against her have learned the hard way that the United States will not go down without a fight.
Sadly, there are many, even some who claim to be proud Americans, who try everything they can to sully the flag and all that it stands for. Thankfully, in this country, we have the freedom to say what we want and that right is found in the US Constitution.
Cheyenne is proud to have the F.E. Warren Air Force Base as a symbol that freedom comes sometimes at the point of a sword, a rifle, or even a nuclear missile. I and many of my own family gladly raised our hands and swore to defend the constitution and with that oath wore the US flag on the uniform with honor.
To each of you who honor the flag of the United States, we salute you today. Wave it proudly as an American who appreciates all those who have gone before us including those who died under its shadow while on the battlefields of the world.
Proud to be a Flag-Flying American,
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