Locals Make Sure Flag Day is Remembered

Created: 06/14/2014 10:59 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- It's Father Day on Sunday, but there's another holiday this weekend that's often overlooked and forgotten.

Every June 14th is Flag Day in the United States and it's remembered as the day when the Continental Congress first issued the U.S. flag in 1777.

The symbolism of the American flag is ever-changing. The past experiences of American citizens each form its own foundation of the kind of meaning that lives to be true within the star-spangled banner.

“We all bring our own experiences to what the meaning of the flag has for each and every one of us,” said Tommy Carey, a Vietnam War veteran.

Often times the meaning remains traditional across time, maintaining a strong patriotic sense, while sometimes it’s an echo of history and a symbol of identity.

But in the diverse melting pot of the United States, including here in Rochester, the nation’s flag can hold a different meaning, a meaning that’s always evolving.

“You have a multi-culture, there are people from all over the world,” said Carey.

“I think we kind of forget the evolution of the flag from the very beginning to what we have today,” said Judy Wasser, a guest speaker and member of Elks Lodge, which led the event.

On Flag Day, people reflect upon different stories, but they all do one thing, even if it’s just a thought that lasts for a few seconds. It’s a day when people assign their own symbolism to our nation’s flag, whether it’s elaborate or simple.

“It’s our flag and I have always respected our flag,” said Sharone Fiedler, an attendee at Rochester’s Flag Day event at Soldier’s Field Veteran’s Memorial Park.

“The flag has always been a special part of my life,” said Robert Brown,  an event organizer and member of the Elks Lodge.

Years, decades, and centuries of struggles and triumphs makes the U.S. flag an embodiment of an endless narrative.

Members of the Elks Lodge put together the Flag Day event.

Every June 14th is Flag Day in the United States and it's remembered as the day when the Continental Congress first issued the U.S. flag in 1777.