Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flag Day

By Julie Rahm
     I really did not care too much about Flag Day. As you probably know, Flag Day is celebrated annually on the 14th of June. It is not a national holiday and not a day off from work; so, no big deal. But recently, I learned Flag Day started in 1916 when President Wilson issued Proclamation 1335 calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day. Later, President Truman made the day official by issuing Proclamation 2654 in 1945. However, it was President Wilson that really set the tone for the meaning of Flag Day. Here’s an excerpt from President Wilson’s proclamation… “I therefore suggest and request that throughout the nation and if possible in every community the fourteenth day of June be observed as Flag Day with special patriotic exercises, at which means shall be taken to give significant expression to our thoughtful love of America, our comprehension of the great mission of liberty and justice to which we have devoted ourselves as a people, our pride in the history and our enthusiasm for the political program of the nation, our determination to make it greater and purer with each generation, and our resolution to demonstrate to all the world its, vital union in sentiment and purpose, accepting only those as true compatriots who feel as we do the compulsion of this supreme allegiance. Let us 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, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself - a nation distinguished among all the nations of mankind for its clear, individual conception alike of its duties and its privileges, its obligations and its rights”… President Wilson’s words capture a powerful vision of our country. Now you know!
     So, Flag Day is not about the flag. Flag Day is about our country and our founding fathers’ vision of what the United States should be. Most interesting is President Wilson’s view; every thought that is not worthy of our founding fathers vows of independence, liberty and right shall be excluded. So, in President Wilson’s view, if the founding fathers would not approve of something, it should not be part of our national fabric. Also interesting is President Wilson’s view that our country is distinguished among all the other nations with privileges, obligations and rights.
     My message this week is that Flag Day is not just another trivial holiday. Flag Day is the time for some examination of what our country means to us and the rest of the world. Take some time on the 14th of June and give President Wilson’s ideas some thought.
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1 comment:

Alay'nya said...

Thank you, Julie! This is powerful, moving, and is totally causing me to re-think Flag Day. In the future, I will note June 14 on my calendar as a day of special attention to the great privilege it is to be a member of this nation, and to thoughtfully considering the ideals to which we aspire.

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