On Flag Day, this Friday, we commemorate the adoption of the American flag and celebrate birthday of the U.S. Army. For more than 200 years, the American flag has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military units and recognize the significance of the stars and stripes.
Flag Day is also a time to honor our nation’s veterans who have served to protect the flag and the ideals it represents. With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded, such as liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice.
On Flag Day we stand with the more than 773,000 veterans in Georgia as they honor fellow servicemen and servicewomen and reflect on their own service to the country.
Whether you are a fellow veteran, a loved one of a service member or a patriotic volunteer, there are many ways to honor local heroes, such as visiting with patients in their homes or nursing homes, assisting with ceremonies of recognition or collecting personal memories and photos from veterans to create keepsake journals.
As you wave the flag Friday, remember that showing your gratitude for veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Throughout the year, join your community to thank veterans who have served and protected our nation.
Executive Director, Crossroads Hospice, Tucker