Here at Kaplans Awning, we get very excited about Flag day every June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. As we celebrate Flag Day, we remember what President Woodrow Wilson had to say in his speech June 14, 1917 almost 100 years ago.
This flag, which we honor and under which we
serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our
thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other
character than that which we give it from generation
to generation. The choices are ours.
It floats in majestic silence above the hosts that
execute those choices, whether in peace or in war.
And yet, though silent, it speaks to us, speaks to us of
the past, of the men and women who went before us,
and of the records they wrote upon it.
We celebrate the day of its birth; and from its birth
until now it has witnessed a great history, has floated
on high the symbol of great events, of a great plan of
life worked out by a great people.
Woe be to the man or group of men that seeks to
stand in our way in this day of high resolution when
every principle we hold dearest is to be vindicated
and made secure for the salvation of the nation.
We are ready to plead at the bar of history, and our
flag shall wear a new luster. Once more we shall
make good with our lives and fortunes the great
faith to which we were born, and a new glory shall
shine in the face of our people.