In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the birthday of its establishment 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, Woodrow Wilson, the president of the United States issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. However, it is at the president’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance, which all sitting presidents have done since the proclamation in 1916. (Information from Wikipedia) Most citizens of the United States of America have great respect and devotion to the flag of our country. One of the most well-known and recognized photographs in our national consciousness is the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima by United States Marines during World War II. Almost all public ceremonies in America, whether at the local, state or national level, will either formally present or prominently display the American flag. It is not uncommon to hear the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag recited in schools and public meetings. In our country and in other nations around the world when protesters want to show their displeasure with the United States they will often burn our flag, tear it up, or defile it in some other way. Usually that will provoke a sense of anger in the majority of American citizens. What is it about a flag that creates such strong emotions and reactions, either positive or negative? It is not the flag itself but what it represents. The American flag stands for freedom, democracy, and the right of all individuals to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as stated in the United States Declaration of Independence. The American flag stands for our homes, our families, and our ways of life. That is why citizens of America are willing to fight and even to die for the flag. The United States flag is highly significant and is held dearly in the hearts of most Americans because it represents who we are. Most of the time we do not really think about the flag and its significance too much so it is good to have an observance like Flag Day to help us remember and reflect. Coming together on the first day of the week is highly significant and is held dearly in the hearts of most faithful Christians. It is part of the plan of God for His people to help us remember and reflect upon what He has done for us. Be careful not to take it for granted. It is a great blessing to be an American but it is an even greater blessing to be a Christian!