Flag Day observed throughout South Dakota
RAPID CITY, SD — First responders, servicemembers and civilians throughout South Dakota are taking the time today to honor our nation’s flag in celebration of Flag Day.
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. June 14th is also the day on which the US Army celebrates its birthday.
President Woodrow Wilson issued the proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916, but it wasn’t until 1949 that National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, but many communities throughout the United States have a longstanding tradition of honoring the day with parades and assemblies.
Politicians, along with military and service organizations in South Dakota are sharing on social media what Flag Day means to them:
Today is #FlagDay. We honor those who have represented and defended the flag, including those working at @SDPublicSafety. If celebrating today, be safe. If traveling – slow down, watch for others, don’t get distracted and wear a seatbelt. Enjoy the day! #keepSDsafe #flagday2019 pic.twitter.com/vqz3dPLpDG
— SDPublicSafety (@SDPublicSafety) June 14, 2019
“Today the flag we so proudly hail still sends a message to any distance that the spirit of a free people is unconquerable and that our democratic nation will always remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.” -Ronald Reagan pic.twitter.com/5A2wzRenzF
— S.D. National Guard (@SD_Guard) June 14, 2019
Today we celebrate Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the stars and stripes design of the American flag in 1777. Happy Flag Day! pic.twitter.com/yPu1pWZNOj
— Senator Mike Rounds (@SenatorRounds) June 14, 2019
The American flag is a symbol of freedom and democracy to people around the world. It embodies the greatness and promise of the United States of America.
Today we celebrate this emblem of hope & strength. #FlagDay pic.twitter.com/iqx0vwFIY6
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) June 14, 2019