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Our Opinion: Flag Day: A day to show unity for our country

Our Opinion: Flag Day: A day to show unity for our country

June 13th, 2018 by News Tribune in Opinion

In an era when our country is so politically divided, it's all the more important to fly your American flag on Thursday.

We live in an era in which our citizens are polarized over our elected officials. They're loved by some, hated by others, with few in between. President Donald Trump is a prime example.

But, regardless of whether you love Trump and hate former President Barack Obama, or vice versa, Flag Day is something we can and should support.

June 14 is Flag Day, which commemorates the congressional act that established the national flag of the United States of America. The resolution stemmed from a June 14, 1777, resolution from the Second Continental Congress, which then represented 13 British colonies rebelling against the king.

It called for the flag to "be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

Flag Day isn't about whether you agree with our elected officials.

Likewise, Flag Day isn't about agreeing with or opposing those who have been kneeling at NFL games during the National Anthem.

In pledging allegiance to our flag, we say: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In the pledge, the word "indivisible" means our country can't be divided. But that's up to us to ensure. Great empires have fallen from within, rather than opposing outside forces — and our history already includes the Civil War, which ended more than 150 years ago.

Flag Day isn't a political statement. The flag is a symbol of the sacrifices our predecessors have made for our country and the freedoms it affords. Flying the flag is a way to honor our military and to show that, at the end of the day, our nation is united.