Flag Day is an often overlooked holiday. No day off from work or school, no big parades or fireworks. Probably no BBQs or get-togethers with family and friends. For the most part, people go about their day as usual. While we don’t always mark this holiday, it is one of America’s most important.
Take a minute to reflect on the symbolism of the flag. The 50 stars stand for the 50 States, a tribute to unity. The 13 stripes stand for the 13 Colonies, an acknowledgement of our humble beginnings. The color white signifies purity and innocence; red, valor and bravery; and blue, vigilance, perseverance, and justice. These attributes represent our nation’s values—values that our nation hopes to engender in its citizens. These are certainly values that our veterans display, and ones they’ve defended in battle. These are values that everyday citizens display when they stand up for those without a voice, come to the aid of the less fortunate, or make choices—sometimes hard choices—that are rooted in justice for all.
So, while there may not be any parties or parades to mark Flag Day, take a moment from your day to think about what the flag represents, the values it reflects. Think about how you may reflect those values in your own life. See those values reflected in your neighbor. Remember that the flag does not represent any political party or agenda; it is the symbol that represents us—all of us—at our best.
Commander, Catholic War Veterans, State of New Jersey