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Showcasing unity and patriotism on Flag Day

Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 4:37 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -Nationwide, Flag Day is observed on June 14. This is done in remembrance of the country’s first American flag that the Continental Congress introduced as the official American flag in 1777.

“The American flag is our nation’s flag and intended to unite us,” said North Platte Mayor Brandon Kelliher. “That is what we need to keep in mind on Flag Day. Honoring the flag is uniting our country, and I hope we can continue that tradition forever. I am happy to be here to honor the fact that we are an untied nation.”

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored the Mayor along with few others for displaying the flag correctly and consistently throughout the year. Among those recognized were Ibbie Majors who was also a member of DAR in the 1980s.

“Since I was in grade school, we have always read the preamble. School back then was very patriotic,” said Majors.

The flag represents ideals that the nation embodies. Each color on the American flag has its own meaning. Red represents hardiness and valor. White displays purity and innocence. Blue illustrates vigilance, perseverance and justice.

“Each star is intended to represent every state under one entity. The stars express each state’s individuality which is the best way to be,” said Mayor Kelliher.

On Flag Day, people are encouraged to educate themselves on the origins of the American flag. There are flags and other symbols of patriotism displayed outside homes and buildings across the country.

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