Image: “Neil Armstrong is the man that planted the flag on the face of the moon,” President Trump said. “There was no kneeling, there was no nothing, there was no games, boom.” Apollo 11’s Commander, Neil Armstrong, placed the Flag on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
By Bob Bagley, Guest Reporter to The Golden Hammer
Today is Flag Day. At one time in our Nation’s history, Americans widely celebrated the holiday. Today, there are a few cities that still celebrate it. Appleton, Wisconsin, held its 69th Annual Flag Day Parade last Saturday. It is not a Federal holiday, but some states do honor it as a state holiday. In 1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to do so.
While it would be hard to find a government school today that teaches about Flag Day in their history classes, in 1885, Bernard Cigrand, a small-town Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual Flag Day to celebrate across the Nation on June 14th.
Americans first observed Flag Day on the 100th anniversary of the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1877. In 1916, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 became a nationally observed event, which President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed. Nevertheless, Congress didn’t designation National Flag Day until August 3, 1949, when an Act of Congress, which President Harry Truman signed into law, designated June 14th as National Flag Day, a permanent day of observance.
Recently on a Mission (a military word used for a deployment, similar to a Sortie) with the Patriot Guard Riders, after standing and honoring a fallen Veteran, a couple of us had a discussion about the American Flag. One of our members had a black and white flag on his vest cut with a blue stripe on it. While the intention of that flag is to honor Law Enforcement, it is strict violation of the U.S. Flag Code, which one may find at 36 U.S.C. Sections 173 to 178.
The Flag Code is a guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes. It does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States Flag. Federal law leaves enforcement to the states and to the federal government for the District of Columbia. Unfortunately, our U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Flag Protection Act of 1989 just 3 days before Flag Day in 1990.
George Washington led the effort in creating a great confidence-builder, a new symbol of freedom for the fledgling nation. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes, as the official American Flag. In 1782, the Congress of the Articles of Confederation chose the colors for the flag with these meanings:
Red for valor and hardiness
White for purity and innocence
Blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice
Our flag continues to be the symbol of freedom known by the world. If you have one, please fly it. If you don’t, there are plenty of stores that carry them. If you have one that is dirty, most cleaners will clean flags for free for Flag Day. If you have one that is tattered and shredded you can turn it into any VFW.
Long may she wave!
Bob Bagley is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He is one of the hardest working patriots and conservative activists in Montgomery County. Bagley is a Founding Director of the Montgomery County Tea Party.