Today, the American flag is 234 years old. The Second Continental Congress officially adopted the stars and stripes as our national symbol on June 14, 1777.
We observe Flag Day today to commemorate that adoption, but we didn't begin celebrating the day until 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. Then in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress.
Although here in Columbiana County we know of no official observance, several American cities host parades to mark Flag Day and all Americans are encouraged to fly the flag today.
In honor of today's observance, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) yesterday announced that he would introduce legislation that would ensure that flags purchased by the federal government are entirely made in America. The federal government is currently required to purchase flags made from 50 percent American-made materials; the All-American Flag Act would require the government to buy flags that are entirely produced with American-made materials.
"American flags should be American-made," Brown said. "With Ohio companies proudly producing the American flag, taxpayer funds should not be used to purchase foreign-made flags. Our nation's economic strength is tied to a strong manufacturing sector and we should be doing everything we can to support American manufacturing."
We agree and we also encourage private citizens to consider buying American-made when purchasing replacement flags for their home.
In the meantime, regardless of where your current flag was made, we encourage you to fly "Old Glory" to honor Flag Day today. And, if the flag you own has seen better days, replace it. Show respect for our flag. Frayed, torn or faded flags should be disposed of properly, not flown.