Every since September ll, I have become very patriotic and find myself getting emotional whenever I hear our National Anthem. From the beginning of our nation until this very day, men and women have died to give us the freedoms that our flag stands for.
It so saddens, disheartens, and troubles me, when I see so many disrespect our flag, country, its leaders, and our values. God has blessed us so much. This is a great country and we should be grateful for all we have.
I saw a post on Facebook with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence (who was gracious enough to visit our small country church on his recent visit to Montana) and others standing in a semi-circle praying. It gives me hope to see our leaders seeking guidance from God. I am hopeful we will again be “one nation, under God.”
What is Flag Day? On June 14, 1777, a resolution of the 2nd Continental Congress called for an official United States flag.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson stated “I therefore suggest and request that throughout the nation and if possible in every community, the 14th day of June be observed as Flag Day with special patriotic exercises.”
It wasn’t until 1949 that President Harry Truman signed the permanent observance of Flag Day into law.
In my observance of Flag Day, I’d like to share a poem I wrote several years ago.
Thirteen stripes unfurl before me,
thirteen colonies for which they stand,
fought to give us independence,
and thus founded this great land
Red is for her valor,
white for hope and purity.
Blue is for God’s heaven
justice, truth, sincerity.
The star for aspirations,
one for each and every state,
join together as a union,
yet can govern their own fate.
Men have died to give me freedom.
Let me hold their memory high.
Let me feel their pride and honor
every time Old Glory flies!
Sheryl Craig Russell
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