I feel safe when I see an American flag. Like the troops, who interrupt their lives to fight for our freedom, wrap themselves in it and protect me. Soldiers honor our flag and everything it resembles - it is part of who they are. So with all the other things that people honor these days - i.e. "Donut Day", "Sibling Day" (I keep picking on this day but I really do like it) "Take Your Daughter to Work Day", I feel like "FLAG DAY" needs a little more FB posts or tweets. June 14th every year since 1916 (officially but it can be traced back to 1775) is Flag Day. It celebrates the adoption of our American Flag. In 1775 the Army celebrated it's birth on Flag Day. We should really take some time to consider everything that our flag means to us. In other words, #redwhiteandblue #USA#Patriotic#History#freedom.
A thoughtful pinch for this Sunday, June 14th - Flag Day - would be to simply wear the colors of the American flag and talk about it with your family and friends. Or if red, white and blue are not in your wardrobe you can display flags around your house and yard. You could say thank you to a soldier. You could thank a soldier’s family for all that they give up in order for us to sleep at night. People who honor the flag so much that they would risk their lives for it deserve a thoughtful pinch on Flag Day and every day.
Flag Day is also the day my parents got married which is pretty cool since they were both from the Philippines living in the USA. My dad was in the Navy* and my mother was a nurse when they met in New Jersey. The first time they got married was on November 28, 1967 by the justice of the peace. Then the following June 14, 1968 they had their wedding. The American dream. They both worked hard to provide a great life for my brother and I. Now here I am - a long way away from living on the Navy base in Norfolk - grateful for the flag and all that it represents to me.
*My Dad was first stationed in San Diego, then transferred to Norfolk but he would drive to NJ to see my mom. I was born on the Norfolk base. A few years later my parents and I moved to the Long Beach base. Go Navy!