Honoring Freedom, Service and Veterans

Honoring Freedom, Service and Veterans

IN 1776, GEORGE WASHINGTON commissioned Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to create a flag for our new nation and, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag. Our flag. Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day. “It is both an honor and an obligation to wear the uniform,” says Col. Jack Jacobs, the McDermott Chair of Politics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a military analyst for MSNBC. “Most of the brave men and women who are serving today feel that if you’re lucky enough to live in a country that’s free, you need to step forward and defend it.” According to Col. Jacobs, “Everybody owes something to this great country, where you can live free. Most people think that paying their taxes is being a good citizen. Well, I don’t think that’s enough. You can’t just write a check and expect other people to protect your freedoms.”

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