Interesting Facts About Flag Day
“The flag represents all the values and the liberties Americans have and enjoy every day.” Bill Shuster, US Representative (R-PA 9th District)
Every year on June 14th, across America, millions of citizens pull their “stars and stripes” out of storage and display them for Flag Day, a celebration of our nation’s most beloved, respected, and historic symbol. Before the sun sets, they take the flag down and place it back in storage and probably won’t take it out again until July 4th. However, every day is Flag Day (sort of).
Another interesting fact about Flag Day is that some Americans display their flags every day, weather permitting. Others fly it on “flag flying dates” that include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day, George Washington’s Birthday, President’s Day, VE Day, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras (day before Ash Wednesday), Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, VJ Day, Patriot Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Pearl Harbor Day, and Christmas Day. Any holiday you can think of, and that makes sense, doesn’t it? Considering that the American Flag signifies the values and liberties we enjoy every day!
Why is flag day observed on June 14th?
The Second Continental Congress first approved a national flag on June 14, 1777.
Flag Day did not become official, however, until 1916. That year, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14.
What do the colors represent?
Red stands for hardiness and valor. White symbolizes purity and innocence. Blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
95% of American flags are manufactured in the United States.
At Heart ‘n Home, we celebrate our values and liberties every day by “affirming life every day, every time” for our patients, their families, our employees and the community. Please join us June 14 (or any day) to affirm a life. Know someone on hospice services? Bring them a cupcake that has a toothpick American Flag on top. Stay a little while to chat. Ask the patient “what does the American flag mean to you?” Chances are you’ll hear an interesting story.
Know someone with a loved one on hospice services? Make them a red, white, and blue meal. Think roast beef, mashed potatoes and blueberry pie or a red, white and blue burger or a red, white and blue salad for vegetarians! Know someone who works for a hospice? Send a card expressing your appreciation for their hard work in caring for people at end of life (or bring them a whole plate of those cupcakes!).
Just as every day is Flag Day, every day brings opportunities to affirm lives, including your own!