June 14, Flag Day 2011, a national holiday where we celebrate Old Glory. Today is also the 236th birthday of the U.S. Army. Today is a day to take stock in patriotism, and commemorate America and her history. Fitting that Flag Day and the birthday of the U.S. Army is sort of a midpoint between Memorial Day and Independence Day. When we look back at history to 1775, none other than George Washington, hero of the Revolutionary War, understood that it was the Army that became the first real national institution. Washington knew, that no matter how many times the British defeated him, so long as he held the Army together, America still had a chance. To which Betsy Ross helped create our flag is a symbol of the courage, tenacity and blood that was required for America to survive those trying days as the 13 original colonies rebelled.

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Astronaut Alan B. Shepard poses with Old Glory on the Moon. A happy image to remember Flag Day, 2011.

In an era when homeowners are restricted from flying flags, or where disgruntled groups burn the flag in protest, it is good that we can still enjoy at least one day to honor our national symbol. Carried in the front of battles, parades, and even to the Moon, Old Glory is always immediately recognized. For much of our history, it symbolized the best that we can be. Our freedoms, liberties, as well as our charity and moral compass. It still strikes fear in the hearts of our enemies and serves as a reminder of hope to our friends.

So on this June 14, Flag Day 2011, let us celebrate Old Glory, as well as wish the U.S. Army a happy 236th birthday. Patriotism is alive and well in the 21st Century. Sure, we have our problems and differences. But George M. Cohan put it best when he wrote in his lyrics: “But should auld acquaintance be forgot, Keep your eye on the Grand Old Flag!”