Commonwealth Policy Center

You may notice more American flags flying today than usual. That’s because today is Flag Day— a day that we celebrate the American flag and what it stands for. The first Flag Day was officially established on June 14 as Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. But the idea was popularized by a Wisconsin school teacher in 1885 who wanted to set aside a day to honor the American flag. The American flag stands for freedom––freedom from oppression by the heavy-handed government. Freedom to worship and freedom of speech are core ideals represented by the flag. The idea of the rule of law, human rights, justice, and opportunity—all are bound up in the idea of what the flag stands for. And these things are worth celebrating today.