If you’re like me, you might be wondering how we could be in June already. It’s been a fantastic year for us and we are less than halfway there. A big thanks for all of your referrals of friends and family so far this year. It’s been said that time flies when you’re having fun, and fun it has been. The first part of the year goes by so fast because, as most of you know, we pack in three events in the first six months.
We kicked off February with our customer appreciation event at the Grand Park Home Show. Next, we had our Easter bicycle giveaway at the Westfield Helicopter Egg Drop. Now it’s time for one of my favorites, our Flag Day event. Flag Day is next week, Wednesday, June 14th from 11am to 1pm. We’ll have two grills cooking up hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone. Please come hungry!
Wednesday, June 14
11am to 1pm
We celebrate Flag Day for multiple reasons. It enables us to connect with our clients, it allows the local Boy Scouts to participate in a local business that gives back to their community, and honestly I love driving around seeing the American flag fly.
Most importantly, we do it to remind everyone what the flag represents. A political party does not define it; as you can read further below, the flag represents all of us. One Nation under God, with Liberty and Justice for All.
A WIN for everyone, we invite a local Boy Scouts Troop to help learn how to dispose of the flag properly. It also serves as a community service project for them. Simply bring your old flag, find a young Boy Scout here at the event, and they will gladly give you a new flag or exchange your old flag.
Suppose you don’t have a flag or one to exchange. We will have brand-new flag kits for you. We ask that you fly it proudly at your home as it might prompt your neighbors to get one.
The Boy Scouts will even help install them at your house. Just let them know you could use some help!
Another Celebration for us in June
For those of you who know Jared Lawrence or have worked with him, I’m sure you will agree that he is a great person and is really good at his job of taking care of you. Jared joined the agency eight years ago, right out of college. His passion for helping others has been an enormous blessing to our team. In Jared’s time with us, he has gotten married and become a father. Also, he turned 30 this year. He and Addison are expecting a baby this year and are also fostering to adopt a little boy. Oh, and they’ve added an incredible dog named Sammie. Please feel free to congratulate him on any or all of the above.
When you’re here, be sure to ask about your chance to WIN Pacers or Colts tickets!
Why Is the American Flag Red, White, and Blue?
The Continental Congress left no record as to why it chose these colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Articles of Confederation chose the colors for the Great Seal of the United States with these meanings:
- white for purity and innocence
- red for valor and hardiness
- blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice
History of the American Flag
- January 1, 1776: The first United States flag, the “Grand Union,” was displayed by George Washington. It became the unofficial national Flag, preceding the 13-star, 13-stripe version.
- June 14, 1777: The Stars and Stripes were adopted by the Continental Congress as the Flag of the United States.
- June 14, 1877: Flag Day was observed nationally for the first time on the 100th anniversary of the Stars and Stripes—and continues today.
- June 14, 1937: Pennsylvania became the first state in the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.
- July 4, 1960: The new 50-star Flag was flown for the first time—the Flag that still flies today.
The stars and stripes were adopted by the Continental Congress as an official flag on June 14, 1777, during the Revolutionary War. The first American flag was designed to represent the 13 original colonies with 13 white stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes.
One of the first flag designs had the stars arranged in a circle, based on the idea that all colonies were equal. In 1818 after a few design changes, the United States Congress decided to retain the flag’s original 13 stripes and add new stars to reflect each new state that entered the union.