Flag Day Quotes

Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was established on May 30, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation declaring the national Flag Birthday to be on June 14.

"The red and white and starry blue - is freedom's shield and hope."
- John Philip Sousa

"Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity."
- Adrian Cronauer

"Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."
- FS Key

"I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself, the pictured suggestion of that big thing which makes this nation."
- Franklin Knight Lane

"The whole inspiration of our life as a nation flows out from the waving folds of this banner."
- Author Unknown

"You're the emblem of The land I love. The home of the free and the brave."
- George M. Cohan

"We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty."
- George Washington, attributed

"The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history."
- Woodrow Wilson

"Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White and Blue."
- George M. Cohan

"A flag appears 'mid thunderous cheers, The banner of the Western land. The emblem of the brave and true."
- John Philip Sousa

"We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home… but when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done."
- Calvin Coolidge

"Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means justice. It means liberty. It means happiness… Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty."
- Henry Ward Beecher

"I am not the flag: not at all. I am but its shadow."
- Franklin Knight Lane

"I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it."
- John Thune

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country."
- John F. Kennedy

 



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