“A New Constellation” Reflections on Flag Day, June 14

Flag Day June 14

This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation … Though silent, it speaks to us — speaks to us of the past, of the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it.”
— President Woodrow Wilson

In 1777, the Second Congressional Congress laid out thirteen stripes and thirteen stars, creating, in their own words, “a new constellation” — a banner to hang above their revolutionary new country.

In the years to come, our flag would be threatened by civil war, attract millions of immigrants to its promise, be raised triumphantly on battlefields, Olympic games, and the moon, and even be burned by those it protects.

On this Flag Day, let us remember what we salute at baseball games, pledge allegiance to in classrooms, fly quietly above our homes — a symbol of our founding principles … and the struggle of twelve generations to keep the American dream alive.

Flag Day June 14

” The young Marine in this picture is of my father Claude Litchfield. He was awarded a Purple Heart while fighting for our Country’s freedom on Iwo Jima during World War 2. I’m grateful for his service as well as all our brave men and woman in uniform. A BIG shout out to all our veterans and those currently serving!

GOD BLESS AMERICA !”