Governor LePage Proclaims Thursday, June 14 as Flag Day in Maine

June 13, 2012

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Thursday, June 14, is the traditional Flag Day, memorializing the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted an American flag to replace the British Union Jack. In honor of this annual observance, Governor Paul LePage signed a proclamation to highlight the universal symbol of freedom which represents the United States of America.

“America’s flag graces classrooms, state houses, courtrooms, and churches. It is a symbol which represents our Nation's values and traditions, and it is a badge of honor to all – a sign of our citizens’ common purpose,” said Governor LePage.

Governor LePage and Mrs. LePage encourage Mainers to learn more about flag etiquette. The federal flag code says the universal custom is to display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open, but when a patriotic effect is desired the flag may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. Also, the U.S. flag should not be displayed when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed. For more information regarding flag etiquette, please visit http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/news/flag_etiquette.shtml

The proclamation issued by Governor Paul LePage is as follows:

WHEREAS, there is no better symbol of our country’s values and traditions than the flag of the United States of America. Chosen by the Continental Congress in 1777, it continues to exemplify the profound commitment to freedom, equality and opportunity made by our founders more than two centuries ago. Our flag’s proud stars and stripes have long inspired our people, and it’s beautiful red, white and blue design is known around the world as a beacon of liberty and justice; and

WHEREAS, today, America’s flag graces classrooms, statehouses, courtrooms, and churches; the brave members of our armed forces carry “Old Glory” with them as they fulfill their mission to defend the blessings of democracy and peace across the globe; our banner flies from public buildings as a sign of our national community; and its folds drape the tombs of our distinguished dead. The flag is a badge of honor to all—a sign of our citizens’ common purpose; and

WHEREAS, its 13 red and white stripes represent not only the original colonies, but also the courage and purity of our Nation while its 50 stars stand for the separate but united States of our Union. Let us pledge allegiance to this flag to declare our patriotism and raise its colors high to express our pride and respect for the American way of life; and

WHEREAS, to commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949 (63 Stat.492), designated June 14 of each year as “Flag Day” and requested the President to issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings; and

WHEREAS, the Congress also requested the President, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966 (80 Stat. 194), to issue annually a proclamation designation the week in which June 14 falls as “National Flag Week.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2012 as FLAG DAY.

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