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Share appreciation of Old Glory

We urge each of you to fly your flag today and follow the example set in 1885 by a 19-year-old school teacher named Bernard John Cigrand in Waubeka, Wisconsin.

According to information on the National Flag Day Foundation website, Cigrand placed a small 38-star U.S. flag in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them.

We believe that would be an excellent assignment for everyone on this particular date, which is the annual observance of Flag Day.

Old Glory is not only beautiful, but it is rich in meaning and most — if not all — of us have personal memories and feelings that make its broad stripes and bright stars shine a little more brightly.

When the flag is flying and we gaze up at this striking and significant image, it is easy to understand the emotion that led Frances Scott Key to pen the immortal words that we share today when singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

It is difficult for some of us to remain clear-eyed when we watch a ceremony involving the flag because our eyes tend to grow misty, and we may wipe a stray tear or two from our cheeks while singing our national anthem.

Cigrand, we are told, became dedicated to inspiring students and all Americans in the meaning and importance of our flag.

His efforts were rewarded in 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day, and the commemoration was established by an act of Congress in 1949, history tells us.

This date was chosen because the “Stars and Stripes” was authorized by Congress on June 14, 1777.

After making sure your flag is flying, you may want to join others in commemorating Flag Day. If so, members of Elks Lodge 2446 in Denton will welcome you.

The Elks have announced that they will host a Flag Day ceremony at 1 p.m. today, and the public is invited to attend. The Elks Lodge is located at 228 E. Oak St., and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

We offer our thanks to members of this lodge and other organizations in Denton County that will be holding Flag Day observances, large or small.

Some service organizations routinely place American flags in strategic locations on Flag Day and various holidays, and their efforts are much appreciated. We salute all individuals, homeowners, businesses and public institutions that unfurl the flag above us.

Like Cigrand, they share an appreciation for the flag and its meaning and they take the time and trouble to share their passion and make sure that everyone has an opportunity to see and appreciate Old Glory.

We hope that wherever you may travel today that you will find the area awash in red, white and blue.

There is no more beautiful sight.