With Memorial Day in late May, Independence Day in July, and Labor Day in August, there is little excuse not to sport flag-like garments at least once during the sunny season. But June 14 is yet another day for Americans to bask in national pride.
On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act in order to establish an official flag for our then-new nation.
"Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation," the Act read.
On the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the American Flag Act, Congress instructed that a U.S. flag be flown from all buildings, and for years to come, many observed the ritual annually. On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman officially declared June 14 as Flag Day.
But on this day of veneration, what does the symbol of the American Flag mean? For Chuck Johnson, who served eight years as a first class petty officer onboard the battleship USS New Jersey and earned an expeditionary medal for service in Beirut, Lebanon, the flag is a symbol that calls for integrity of character.
"It should be respected and valued as you value your country," Johnson said. "Those who disrespect it have little respect for anything."
Looking at the #FlagDay hashtag on Twitter, a variety of political and religious groups shared similar thoughts. @Islam_Press, the official media handle of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, shared a call for loyalty to the country; former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz cited "Star Spangled Banner" lyrics evoking thoughts on freedom and bravery; and Democratic U.S. Senator of California Dianne Feinstein, gave tribute to the flag she said is a symbol of the Nation's democracy.
While hundreds took to the social media site to share their pride in comments and photos of and with Old Glory, some displayed opposite sentiments making use of the day to share charged political statements.
Missing from the list of political Twitter accounts commenting on Flag Day were President Barack Obama, who has had no new tweets since a June 6 re-tweet of First Lady Michelle Obama's; the White House, which chose to focus on the Orlando shooting, the State of Women Summit, and ISIL; Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who chose to instead wish the U.S. Army a happy 241st birthday; and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose tweets focused on Trump, gun control, and a variety of topics mirroring those of the White House.
Also among the missing tributaries to the grand ol' flag was global search engine Google, which received Twitter backlash for failing to create a doodle to commemorate the day.
But as tweet after tweet chimed in, one thing, which the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed out, was clear. There are thousands who, every day, are happy to offer their allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.