Happy Flag Day – By Kelli Kelm, Deputy Mayor
Today is the day we celebrate one of the first symbols of this great country, the
American Flag. Commissioned by the first Congressional Flag Act in 1777, the
American flag has continued to evolve over the years as our nation grew. Since
Then, generations of Americans have looked to our flag in times of turmoil and
tension as well as periods of peace.
But what does the flag really mean to each of us? To me the flag represents
freedom. As we just marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, I can’t help but think
back to all those men and women who gave their lives defending our freedom.
From the soldiers in the Revolutionary war to the boys that stormed the beaches
to those today who are fighting to protect our freedom.
It also stands for courage, the courage to stand up and face those who challenge
or threaten our way of life. The courage to help those who cannot help
themselves and be a voice for them. To stand strong and make a difference in the
world, no matter how big or small.
The Flag represents pride. Pride in the country we live in and pride in the ideals
that so many before us have fought so hard to attain. Whether, it was in battle or
in everyday life. Pride in the fact that we live in the greatest nation in the world.
Pride that we are the nation that all others strive to be and look to us for
guidance and support.
Every day at work, I have the honor and privilege to stand up, place my hand over
my heart and pledge my allegiance to our flag and to our country. This is a
privilege that has been passed down generation to generation.
I urge all of you to really think about the words of the pledge and what they really
mean and what they mean to you personally. Think about how much has been
sacrificed so that we can freely stand and say those words. We take that oath,
not to a king, and not to a flag alone, but to the ideals our flag represents.
Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it and is a reminder of the
sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. It is the ultimate icon of America,
the stars and stripes represent the very best of this nation. Our flag represents all
of us and all the values we hold sacred. It is the symbol of a nation made up of
people dedicated to freedom and independence.
May we always honor her and the respect values she represents.
Thank you again for inviting me to speak here today.
Flag Day Speech, Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge