Friday, June 13, 2008

Flag Day, June 14th

Tomorrow, June 14th, is Flag Day. A United States holiday created to commemorate the adoption of our Flag. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, issued a proclamation that created the June 14th date. In 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not a national holiday. Pennsylvania however is the only state in the union to recognize it as a state holiday.

On June 22, 2005 Congress passed the Flag Protection Amendment (which basically protects the flag from desecration) with a vote of 286 to 130 and sent it to the Senate where it was expected to receive a large amount of support. Instead in June of 2006, the Senate shot down the amendment by one vote with a 66-34 margin.

According to Congresspedia, Republican Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain, voted in favor of the Flag Protection Amendment with both Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voting against it.

The American Legion and many other Veterans organizations support legislation to protect the Flag from desecration.

USAToday carried an interesting editorial from Senator Diane Feinstein, a Democrat, in support of the Flag Amendment when it was to be considered by the Senate.

Congressman Paul Kanjorski will be on hand to present the 109th Field Artillery in Wilkes-Barre with a new, larger flag on Flag Day.

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