On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 the United States will celebrate Flag Day. While this day is certainly considered a day of patriotism and American pride, it has a deeper history and meaning. Flag Day not only represents the day the United States flag was adopted, but also the day the United States Army was born. The creation of the Army occurred in 1775 and the adoption of the flag followed two years later in 1777.

How is Flag Day observed? The week of Flag Day itself is designated “National Flag Week” and during this week the president will issue a statement encouraging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag proudly. Government buildings will display flags publicly during the week and some organizations throughout the country will host various celebrations including parades. There is also a National Flag Day Foundation which will hold an annual observance on the 14th. In addition to a parade, this observance consists of a ceremonial raising of the flag, the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem.

Stop by the office during National Flag Week and receive a complementary American flag booklet. This booklet explains the the meaning, usage and history of our American flag. Take time this week to reflect on the freedoms we get to experience as U.S. citizens and fly a flag!