While Flag Day may not be as famously recognized as its Fourth of July counterpart, the day still deserves a great deal of commemoration and for the symbolism our flag provides us.

According to www.usflag.org, a website dedicated to the U.S. Flag, Flag Day is said to have originated in 1885 by B.J. Cigrand, a school teacher who arranged for students in the Fredonia, Wis. public school district to observe June 14 as the "Flag Birthday." Cigrand chose this particular day because it was the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes. The observation caught on and three decades later, Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916, although it was not until August 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

Today the U.S. Flag still stands as our strong national symbol, maybe even more so now than in the past.

Currently, Congress is attempting to pass the flag amendment, which would prohibit the physical desecration of the U.S. flag. The idea of this amendment stems from the 1989 case of Texas v. Johnson, in which a five-person majority of the Court declared that desecration of the flag is speech protected by the First Amendment.

While the First Amendment is great, why would any American want to violate a U.S. symbol that our country has worked hard to earn?

While everyone may not agree with those running the government, the fact remains that respect is something that should be given to our national flag. Having an amendment that would solidify that is even better.

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