Old Glory symbolizes our nation’s freedom

Today — June 14 — is Flag Day, and we commemorate the adoption of the American flag.

For more than 200 years, Old Glory has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and as a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military and recognize the significance of the Stars and Stripes.

Flag Day is also a time to honor our nation’s veterans who have willingly served to protect the flag and the ideals it represents.

With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded: liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice.

On Flag Day, I will join more than three-quarters of a million American Legion Auxiliary members across the nation as we honor our service members and reflect on their commitment to our country.

Whether you are a veteran, the loved one of a service member or a patriotic citizen, there are many ways to honor local heroes, such as visiting veterans’ homes, assisting with recognition ceremonies, collecting personal memories and photos from veterans to create keepsake journals or simply flying the U.S. flag in tribute to their sacrifice.

As you wave the flag today, remember that showing your gratitude for veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day or Veterans Day.

Throughout the year, join the American Legion Auxiliary in serving veterans, military and their families who have sacrificed for our freedom.

Thank you to all who have served Old Glory. Happy Flag Day.

Marilyn Akers