Each year on June 14th, we celebrate Flag Day, a day set aside to honor the beloved symbol of Americans freedom and unity. Over the years, I've attempted to bring attention to Flag Day because as important as our American flag is to us and our country, the day we set aside to honor our flag receives very little if any attention at all.
The flag of the United States of America represents the people, the places and the unique history of this great country. It drapes the caskets of our nation's fallen heroes. It tops our office buildings, stands watch in our courtrooms, and proudly leads the parade in our cities and towns.
In 2014, the flag of the United States will turn 237 years old-older than the U.S. Constitution. Since the mid-1880's, Americans have honored our flag with local observance, including a Flag Day celebration in Chicago in 1894 that drew 300,000 people. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing a national observance of Flag Day. A bill signed by President Harry Truman in 1949 codified the observance into law.
Please joining me in celebrating Flag. Let us take a moment to appreciate the history of our country and all those who have built it, sustained it, and contributed to its lasting legacy.