A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2012
June 11, 2012
Ninety-six years ago, our
Nation first came together to celebrate Flag Day -- an occasion when President
Woodrow Wilson asked us to "stand with united hearts for an America which
no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide
against itself." This week, we mark nearly one century since that historic
proclamation, and more than two centuries since the Second Continental Congress
brought 13 United States under a single standard.
For over 200 years, our flag
has proudly represented our Nation and our ideals at home and abroad. It has
billowed above monuments and memorials, flown beside the halls of government,
stood watch over our oldest institutions, and graced our homes and storefronts.
Generations of service members have raised our country's colors over military
bases and at sea, and generations of Americans have lowered them to mourn those
we have lost. Though our flag has changed to reflect the growth of our
Republic, it will forever remain an emblem of the ideals that inspired our
great Nation: liberty, democracy, and the enduring freedom to make of our lives
what we will.
As we reflect on our heritage,
let us remember that our destiny is stitched together like those 50 stars and 13
stripes. In red, white, and blue, we see the spirit of a Nation, the resilience
of our Union, and the promise of a future forged in common purpose and
dedication to the principles that have always kept America strong.
To commemorate the adoption of
our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended
(63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" and
requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance
and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government
buildings. The Congress also requested, by joint resolution approved June 9,
1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), that the President annually issue a
proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as "National
Flag Week" and call upon citizens of the United States to display the flag
during that week.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK
OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14,
2012, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 10, 2012, as National Flag Week.
I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal
Government buildings during that week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag
Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag. I also call upon the people
of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from
Flag Day through Independence Day, also set aside by the Congress (89 Stat.
211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public
gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag of the United States of America.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have
hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of June, in the
year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
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