Flag Day

Flag Day

June 14th, 2011 in Opinion Free Press

Vietnam Veterans Gene Crozier and Monty Hall, above, wave at truckers that blow their horns in response to seeing a 20-by-30-foot American flag hanging from the bridge at the ridgecut over Interstate 24 in this file photo.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

It was on this date, June 14, back in 1777 that the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the flag of the United States of America. Our new country was in a desperate struggle for survival against the British in the Revolutionary War - a struggle that we most fortunately won.

More than a century and a half later - in 1949 - President Harry S Truman signed a bill proclaiming every June 14 Flag Day in our country.

And so today we proudly mark Flag Day, and we thankfully recall the sacrifices of those early American patriots who made our independence possible and set the United States on a path to becoming the greatest, freest nation the world has ever known.

It is especially fitting that today we remember the stirring words of our Pledge of Allegiance to the flag: "I 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."