The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Approach of Flag Day reminder to retire tattered banner


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 04, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Flag Day is June 14, 2019.

Do you have a worn flag that needs to be replaced? This is a good time to replace that tattered symbol of our liberty and remind ourselves of the importance of our freedoms hard won by our Founding Fathers as well as courageous men and women from then until now.

Even today, young men and women, far from loved ones, fly this flag of the United States of America over places we can hardly pronounce.

This special remembrance of the symbol of our freedom and those who have fought to obtain and maintain that freedom was first celebrated by teacher B. G. Cigrand at his Wisconsin public school in 1885. Cigrand chose June 13, the 108th anniversary of the establishment of the original Stars and Stripes, as a special remembrance for his students with an essay contest.

On June 14, 1914, Secretary of the Interior Franklin Lane officially established Flag Day as May 30. It was celebrated variously across America until Aug. 3 , 1949, when President Harry Truman designated June 14 as National Flag Day.

On June 14, 2019, we celebrate the 242nd Birthday of our beloved ensign of which
was said: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a
bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.” - Franklin Lane, June 14, 1914.

On June 14, and perhaps every time we glimpse the flag, may we be inspired by 242 years of faithful service and follow her lead in loving service to America.

Do you have a worn flag that needs to be replaced? Be sure and participate in the June 9 flag retirement ceremony at the Coweta Veterans Club, 1 p.m. Show up with your tired flag, and be inspired again.

Brenda Davison Jessel
Newnan