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Dear Editor,

Flag Day, Friday, June 14, will be the 225th birthday of our nation’s flag. The first Flag Day or anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 is believed to have originated in 1885. President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day in 1916 by proclamation. In 1949, President Truman signed a bill designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Our nation’s flag is the most changed flag in the world, because of the addition of stars representing each state. Amidst change and turmoil, it delivers a constant message of freedom and liberty.

Our state flag is also a symbol of who we are and where we came from. The story actually begins with the Great Seal. This collage captures the essence of Nebraska. Purchased in 1867, the original Great Seal now resides in the office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s office is also home to the first Nebraska flag. Adopted as the State Banner in 1925 it was designated the Official State Flag in 1963. The banner and now the flag can be described as a "reproduction of the Great Seal of the State charged on the center in gold and silver on a field of national blue." The flag "may be displayed on such occasions, at such times, and under such conditions as the Flag of the United States of America."

Even though Flag Day was established as a holiday celebrating our nation’s flag, let us all take this day to appreciate not only the undying symbol of freedom maintained in the stars and stripes, but also the symbols of hard work and pride that appear on Nebraska’s flag and Great Seal.

Visitors of the Capitol Building can view these original symbols of Nebraska in the Secretary of State’s office. For more information, please visit our website at www.sos.state.ne.us and remember to fly those flags on Friday.

Sincerely,


John Gale
Secretary of State