The date of adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag is celebrated as Flag Day. June 14 was proclaimed as the official date for Flag Day in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. This day is not a federal holiday but many U.S. states celebrate this day as a state holiday.
The U.S. flag, also known as Star Spangled Banner, is a symbol of freedom and liberty and Americans pledge their allegiance to the flag. President Obama delivered an address proclaiming June 14, 2014, as Flag Day. Obama, in his presidential proclamation, encouraged all Americans to proudly observe Flag Day and the National Flag Week beginning June 8, 2014 by displaying flags and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag. He also called upon the people of the country to celebrate the country’s heritage in public gatherings.
Americans celebrate this day by displaying American flags in front of their homes and by paying respect to the Star Spangled Banner. The American flag consists of 13 alternating red and white stripes and 50 white stars representing 50 American states. One way to celebrate and honor the country is by saluting the flag.
Flag day gives Americans an opportunity to show respect to our country’s flag. This is also the right time to recognize the people who died protecting the flag. This Star Spangled Banner has a glorious history and it represents our independence.
The American flag represents the country and the people who gave their lives for it. So Americans will need to follow the appropriate flag etiquette when displaying the country’s flag. They are encouraged to express their patriotism by having picnics with their family and friends. They can honor this day by talking to their guests about the American flag and about the importance of Flag Day.