Okay, I’ll be honest. I’m 41 and if you asked me what the meaning of flag day was I would literally have to answer “I dunno”. Pathetic, I know. I could probably give a pretty solid guess but because of this wonderful electronic age we are living in, I decided to “google it” and see what it’s all about.
If you go over to ehow.com, they explain that the celebration of Flag Day is a holiday in the United States which celebrates the adoption of the American flag. The holiday is celebrated around the country with parades and memorial services for those who have died in defense of the United States. Like Memorial Day, Flag Day is considered a patriotic holiday, and is particularly celebrated by the Armed Forces and those veterans who have served abroad.
Okay, so I’m good with that explanation, simple enough. But then I keep getting stuck on the word “adopted” because to me, that means it came from someone else. Look up the definition of “adopt” and simply put, it means to “to take or receive into any kind of new relationship or to take on or act in accordance with (an attitude policy, course, etc)“. So there you have it — the down and dirty explanation of flag-day, in what, a one-minute explanation.
If you’re still with me, here are some fun facts:
Adoption: The adoption of Flag Day was undertaken by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 — it wasn’t until 1949 that Congress enacted legislation supporting his decision.
Celebration Size: The largest Flag Day celebration in the United States is held in Troy, New York. Thousands join together to honor veterans and those who have died defending the flag.
Observance: Flag Day is NOT a national holiday. Pennsylvania is the only state to officially observe Flag Day, mainly because it is the former home of Betsy Ross, the flag’s creator.