Today is Flag Day!

Authored by: Sarafina Shukuru, Intern from the Refugee Program

This is the home of the brave! How many times do we sing the national anthem before an event? I think at school, at any sporting event, or even when we are at work. However, there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the Flag and its special day.

The flag was adopted by Woodrow Wilson, twenty-eighth president of the United States, in 1916. It consists of 13 blue and white stripes representing 13 colonies.


Flag Day was established as a congress celebration on June 14th, 1777.  Although its not a federal holiday, it has been established as a state holiday in New York and Pennsylvania. However, in the rest of the country, businesses, federal and government offices are open.

Why do we celebrate Flag Day? We celebrate Flag Day in remembrance of what the flag represents and also those who fought to protect it. The flag represents hardiness, purity, and justice.  It is also represent a free country.

What to do on Flag Day? The best idea is probably to display the flag. According to the Veteran Affairs, the flag should be on top to pay respect to those who are in the military.

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