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Happy Flag Day – By Kelli Kelm, Deputy Mayor

June 14, 2014


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.

Kelli Kelm

Deputy Mayor

Flag Day Speech, Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge

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