Letter: Proudly display our flag June 14
To the Editor:
We hope you will all appreciate our Stars and Stripes flying proudly in downtown Granby on Sunday, June 14. This week marks the celebration of Flag Day as decreed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915, then proclaimed as official “National Flag Day” by Congress in 1949.
The Boy Scout Troop #605 has been selling flags throughout our community to raise funds for their troop and to beautify our downtown. By purchasing their “flag service,” they will put up and take down your flag for each patriotic holiday from June 14 through Labor Day. If you would like to be part of the project, contact Jim Parker at 970-406-0757 or Andrew Burns at 970-887-3832.
Our national flag is a symbol of freedom, strength, hope, resilience, sacrifice, unity, equality and patriotism. We are honored that our Granby businesses are displaying it proudly to respect the history and heritage our flag represents. The flag has many nicknames, Old Glory, Stars and Stripes, and Star-Spangled Banner. It is a reminder and a symbol of what our country has stood for since 1777.
A bit of history concerning Flag Day. First, it is believed to have originated with Bernard Cigrand, a 19-year-old school teacher from Fredonia, Wis. Bernard asked his students to write an essay about what the flag meant to them to commemorate the “flag’s birthday.” Afterwards, Bernard dedicated himself to inspire all Americans to honor and celebrate the majesty of the American flag.
Since 1777, there have been 27 versions of the flag as new states were added to the Union. The current version dates back to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state. Many do not know that the current version of the flag was designed by 17-year-old high school student named Robert G. Heft from Lancaster, Ohio, in 1958. With the idea that Alaska and Hawaii would one day become states, Robert designed a 50-star flag for a history project using his mother’s sewing machine. His teacher gave him a B-minus for the project. Then President Eisenhower made a personal phone call to Robert after selecting his proposed design out of 1,500 submissions. Robert’s teacher later gave him an A.
Flag Day seems pretty self-explanatory. When June 14 comes along, display your flag. There are, however, a few rules to properly display and honor the flag. As per the flag code, “the flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source” during the hours of darkness. When the flag is lowered, “no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms.”
Please enjoy and appreciate all those veterans who are serving or have lost their lives defending this great country.
Granby Chamber of Commerce
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