Today, June 14, 2019 is NATIONAL FLAG DAY, a day we commemorate Jun 14, 1777 when the United States flag was adopted as our nation’s flag. Since then, there have been several changes to the flag. In fact, per National Day Calendar, “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.”
According to the Library of Congress, “Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in many ways–displaying the flag in the front of their homes, parades, and other patriotic observances. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a flag day proclamation every year.”
In President Wilson’s proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day, he stated “on that day we 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.”
“Representing independence and unity, the Star Spangled Banner has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly. “ states National Day Calendar.
For five ways to celebrate National Flag Day, CNN has a list here.
The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services across the logistics, technology, aircraft maintenance, munitions, small business (SBIR), production, and supply areas. Carl is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer. He is a proud member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.