Honoring the Birth of the American Flag
June 14, 2011
“On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the American flag as an emblem of freedom and independence. John Adams proclaimed that, “the flag of the thirteen United States represents a new constellation.” Over 220 years after it was first embraced, Old Glory remains a symbol of the pride of our nation.
“Recognizing the importance of this American treasure, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 that established a National Flag Day. Following this act, in 1949, Congress by joint resolution designated June 14 of each year as a day to commemorate the adoption of the American Flag. The Stars and Stripes continue to majestically wave to us from “sea to shining sea” and stand as a symbol of the American spirit.
“The flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814 after the Battle of Baltimore that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner is the same flag that unites our nation today. This same flag still waves to us from the backs of American athletes taking a victory lap, from overseas reminding us of the resilience of our heroic sons and daughters serving in the Armed Forces, and from the porches of everyday Americans striving for a better tomorrow. Through tragedy and triumph, adversity and accomplishment, our flag endures as a declaration of our independence.
“On this Flag Day, the President has issued an annual proclamation for the observance of “National Flag Week” that traditionally takes place the week of June 14 and for the all Federal government buildings to display the flag. Today I join with Idahoans and Americans across the country in honoring the birth of the American flag.”