Flag Day: Remembering the Forgotten Holiday

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

June 14 is Flag Day -- a day to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag and everything it stands for. But some feel it's become nothing more than a forgotten holiday. And now, they're trying to change that.

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress officially adopted the U.S. Flag. Now, 232 years later, those who are celebrating Flag Day say it's become one of the most powerful and moving symbols in the world.

"Our country has been through a lot, but when you consider everything compared to every other country in the world, we're the only country people are trying to break into to live freely," said Greg Merschel, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sunday afternoon, local conservative group GJ Results held a Flag Day rally in front of the Old County Courthouse to pay tribute to our troops, veterans, and country. But much to their dismay, only a few dozen people showed up to celebrate with them.

"Flag Day is kind of a forgotten holiday and I felt it was important that we continue to support our country and our veterans and our military all over the world," said Karen Kulp, a member of GJ Results and organizer of the rally.

They hope the rally will be the first in helping others remember that.

"People have forgotten," said Merschel. "It's time we woke them up and got them back out supporting the troops in every way possible."

And they're not alone. President Obama made the customary proclamation designating June 14 as Flag Day -- but he also declared this week as National Flag Week, and is urging Americans to fly the flag wherever possible.

"Our flag represents our freedom and our freedom is so important," said Kulp. "And our veterans are responsible for us being a free nation today and it's so important for us to acknowledge them."

In the midst of war, terrorism, and recession, organizers hope people will take their message to heart and remember this forgotten holiday.

"It was a small crowd, but we'll do better next year," said Kulp.

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