It was on June 14, 1777 that the Second Continental Congress adopted the Flag for the United States of America and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson established June 14 as Flag Day for our Nation. Though Flag Day is not an official holiday, Americans still celebrate this day all across this great land.
We would like to say “Happy Birthday” to the U.S. Army. The Continental Congress in 1775 enacted the “American Continental Army” – two years prior to adopting our Flag. Today, June 14, 2013 is the Army’s 238th Birthday. And after the recent battles and wars our country has faced, the U. S. Army remains strong, committed and ready to serve this Nation.
As the story goes, Theodore Roosevelt once struck a man for wiping his nose with what was thought to be an American Flag. Turns out it was only a blue handkerchief with stars. After apologizing, Theodore Roosevelt hit the man again for having gotten overwhelmed with a sense of national pride. [adaptation from information found on Wikepedia]
As we take a moment out of our busy lives to honor and remember our Flag, stories of our past are great reminders of what our future holds as a nation. Though I don’t know how favorable President Roosevelt’s behavior would be looked upon today; I can say that we as Americans all share a since of national pride. Our Flag throughout history has had ups and downs, but our Flag remains as the symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.
With children enjoying their summer break, parents know school is right around the corner. Georgia Cremation is participating in a back-to-school Back Pack drive to benefit children of the Army National Guard for Walton and Gwinnett Counties. If you would like to donate, feel free to drop a new back-pack to our location at 3116 U.S. Hwy 23, Duluth, Georgia 30096 678-584-0914. Donations may be made through July 31, 2013.
We invite anyone who needs a proper way to retire their worn flag to drop that flag by our Duluth location. Flags collected will drape the caskets of Veterans who have honorably served and have chosen cremation. This honors their service, while having a dignified way of retiring your flag.