Today is Flag Day. That means it’s time for us all to take a moment to think about our flag and what it signifies, and to let its imagery stir your hearts.
The idea of a day dedicated to our flag came from a schoolteacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin. It started as Flag Birthday — because June 14 is the anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our national flag, in 1777 — and as the idea caught on, it became a day for patriotic activities and celebrating the flag and the opportunity and freedom it represents. Flag Day was the subject of a presidential proclamation by Woodrow Wilson, in 1916, and June 14 was named Flag Day by an Act of Congress signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949.
I’ve always thought our flag was a terrific flag — the colors, the back story, and the idea of a star for every state — and therefore is a flag well worth celebrating. And what better way to get into the patriotic spirit than to hear a bunch of second graders, randomly selected from the YouTube search engine, belting out Grand Old Flag, just as we did when we were kids?