June 14, 2014
CACI Commemorates Flag Day
Every century of American history has seen significant moments marked by the presence of our flag.
May 1776 saw Betsy Ross being secretly asked by the Continental Congress to sew the first flag to spur on the colonists' efforts in the Revolutionary War.
The summer of 1813 saw Mary Pickersgill of Baltimore being asked to sew a flag so big the British would have no trouble seeing it from a distance. This was the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner" the next year when he observed it still flying after the War of 1812 battle at Fort McHenry.
The raising of a flag by five Marines and one Navy corpsman on February 24, 1945 on Iwo Jima became one of the most iconic images of World War II.
Three New York firefighters raising a flag in front of the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 showed we would not cower in the face of attacks on our freedom.
In every case, the stars and stripes stirringly affirm: "We are Americans!"
Flag Day commemorates June 14, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress authorized a new flag to symbolize the new nation of the United States of America. The first Flag Day observances, held at the state and local levels, probably began around 1877, though it wasn't until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson designated a day for a national commemoration. In 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress officially declaring June 14 to be Flag Day.
At CACI, we honor our country and its flag by supporting the U.S. government's mission to "form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."
This Flag Day, please join CACI in recognizing and being proud of our flag and all those who defend the principles, values, and beliefs it represents. Be sure you treat the flag with respect, observe the occasions when it should be displayed, and always remember the words of the pledge of allegiance:
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.