Celebrating Flag Day

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Friday was national Flag Day.

On Flag Day, one local veteran shares his thoughts on the importance of the day. (WJHG/WECP)

Flag Day commemorates June 14, 1777; the day our flag was officially made America's national flag during the Second Continental Congress.

The original version had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars.

It wasn't until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day.

For Air Force veteran Matt Standish, Flag Day holds special significance.

"Seeing our flag represents all the deployments, the assignments, the places I've been to and work that I've done in support of our freedoms and our flag so seeing our flag is a big deal," said Standish.

Certain protocols are in place when handling the American flag that Standish says everyone should remember.

"Make sure it doesn't touch the ground--that's a big thing. Always display it with honor and treat it respectfully. If you're carrying it with other flags it should always be higher than the others and just given the place of respect especially when it's other state flags, things like that," said Standish.

He added that when a flag does reach the end of its usefulness and needs to be disposed of, many local veterans organizations like the American Legion or VFW can ceremoniously burn them for you.

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