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Happy Birthday to the US Army! Hail to the Stars and Stripes!

posted Jun 14, 2017, 8:08 AM by Hearts in A Box   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 8:08 AM ]
June 14, 2017 seems like just any other day. We go to work or school or on about our business without a great deal of deep thought on what this day is really about or why we celebrate it at all. We might hear that it's Flag Day, but the banks are open and the mail is being delivered. It can't be too much of a big deal, then, can it? 

It's also the 242nd birthday of our U.S. Army. Most of us don't know this at all, so few cakes will be sacrificed in its honor today, outside of those served on our bases around the world. It's a big deal to them, certainly, but what can it mean for the rest of us? 

The facts on these two observances:

Flag Day remembers day the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution adopting of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day in a proclamation; National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress in 1949, though to this day, Flag Day is not recognized as an official federal holiday. June 11–17, 2017 is designated as National Flag Week, during which time U.S. citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag for the duration of the week.

The United States Army celebrates this date because it is the day on which Congress adopted the Continental Army in 1775. 

There are many reasons to celebrate our flag and our Army (and all our armed services), but one thing stands out overall. Flag Day reminds us of the symbol of our country. Thirteen stripes for the people of thirteen colonies who had the bravery to seek their freedom from tyranny back in 1775, many of whom served in that very first Army to the peril of their reputations and their lives. Fifty stars to represent the growth of the U.S.A from those thirteen colonies into the fifty unique, valuable, and beautiful states that make up our union. No matter our differences and in spite of the squabbles and fights found in any family as large and diverse as ours, in the end, we are still that flag. Stitched together in a pattern that unites us, whether facing a stiff wind or relaxed in peaceful calm, whether new and crisp or tattered through life's battles...we are that flag. And our Army continues, 242 years later, to defend and protect everything it stands for.

Stop and think about that today, if not every day. Be kind to each other. Support each other. Be our flag and fly for those who've defended it every day since June 14, 1775. It's certainly something our mission guides us to do and we're proud and happy to do it!