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Reflecting on Flag Day

chrisSunday was June 14th which is Flag Day. So you may be asking what happened on June 14th.  Well, it’s the day to commemorate the adoption of the American flag. For more than 200 years, the American Flag, also called Old Glory, has served as a symbol of our nation’s FREEDOM and as a source of PRIDE for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military units and recognize the significance of the stars and stripes. Thank you to all of our men and women who have served because “some gave all and all gave some”.

Flag Day is also a time we should honor our nation’s veterans who have served to protect the American flag and the ideals it represents. With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded, such as liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice.

On Flag Day, I did more than have a BBQ and celebrate with friends and family.  I took time to educate my children on the importance of Flag Day and what the Flag stands for.  If each and every one of us does our small part in educating our youth, there will be no veteran left behind because they deserve that respect from all us.

There are many ways to honor our local heroes, whether it be a veteran, the loved one of a service member or a patriotic volunteer.  You can do things such as visit a veteran’s home or assisting with ceremonies of recognition. Together we can show our love, respect and honor to all who have given.

As you wave the flag on June 14, remember that showing your gratitude for veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day or Veterans Day.  We should fly that flag every day out of respect to all who have served. Throughout the year, join your community, the American Legions and all other associations to thank veterans who have served and protected our nation. Flag Day is everyday!

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