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Basic Biittner: Celebrate the Holiday

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

June 14th, is one of the most important - but least celebrated - American holidays. In case you didn't know, or didn't remember, today is Flag Day.

Flag Day (more formally, National Flag Day) is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the "flag of the United States, which happened on that date in 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) "U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.

Title 36 Sec. 110 of the US Code is the official statute on Flag Day, however it is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance.

The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, NY. The bottom line is, Flag Day is pretty much ignored by many Americans. Outside of Troy, New York, there aren't many Flag Day parades. Most schools are closed for Flag Day -- but only because it falls in the summer. Businesses and banks aren't closed, unless June 14th happens to be on a day they are usually closed. I don't recall a plethora of Flag Day television shows or films each "Flag Day season" -- which, if it were treated by advertisers like Christmas or Hallowe'en, would start about May 1st, I figure. There are also no Betsy Ross or John Adams action figures of which I'm aware, nor any songs written specifically for Flag Day. Yes, George M. Cohan composed "You're a Grand Old Flag" and Francis Scott Key "The Star Spangled Banner," but you don't hear them sung on Flag Day -- unless you're at a ballgame.

If you don't own an American flag, please strongly consider purchasing a quality flag in time to fly it next Flag Day, as well as on official holidays, and every day, if you so choose -- because we have the right to do so.

And if you think that Flag Day is also a "no gift" holiday , you are wrong. What greater gift can there be than the Gift of Freedom?

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner