There was a time in our history when our flag was empty of experience. It had the symbolism of a United people and the expectation of greatness, but we were a young country and as yet had little collective history.
The United States wasn’t even a year old when Continental Congress adopted the design on June 14th, 1777. But now as we celebrate Flag Day today, we remember that our flag is much more than red and white cloth stripes and symbolic stars in blue.
It’s everything that’s ever happened to this country and everything we’ve ever done. It’s victory and defeat. It’s protests and pageantry. It’s honor with humility and shame with remorse. It’s living and dying for principle. It is debate and compromise. It is glory and gratitute. It is pride and it is the continuous pursuit to eliminate the prejudice within our hearts. It is the red of shared and shed blood. It is the white of divine light and it is the blue of wonder of where we can go next.
Above all our flag is the waving symbol for all the world to see of our passion for liberty, our sustaining belief in the democratic ideal, our willingness to spend life and treasure for freedom for all.