Can you believe it? We are halfway through this year! Doesn’t it seem like time has flown since we cheered in 2021? And imagine this…only 6 more months until Christmas.
June is probably one of my favorite months. The temperatures are usually warm and mild, the kids are out of school, the garden is all planted and growing, my flowers that I purchased from the Marshall County Co-op are blooming beautifully, swimming pools and lakes are in full swing along with the local farmers markets and family vacations are being taken. It is a great time to be alive and breathing.
There are a couple of events that happen in June. One of them being Flag Day.
But do you really know what Flag Day stands for? So many people may hear the name, but few know how it materialized.
Let me explain it a little bit for you. When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, the colonists weren’t fighting united under a single flag. Instead, most of those participating in the war for independence against the British fought under their own flags. In June of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to create the Continental Army, which was a unified colonial fighting force—with the hopes of a more organized battle against its colonial oppressors. This led to the creation of what was the first “American” flag, the Continental Colors. For some, this flag, which was comprised of 13 red and white alternating stripes and a Union Jack in the corner, was too similar to that of the British flag. George Washington soon realized that flying a flag that was even remotely close to the British flag was not a great confidence-builder for the revolutionary effort, so he turned his efforts towards creating a new symbol of freedom for the soon-to-be fledgling nation.
On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Over 100 years later, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day. So, there it is. A little history lesson.
On Flag Day, and every other day, I salute and respect our Flag. Nothing angers me more than anything is when I see a person disrespecting our flag. That’s a whole different issue which I won’t touch on since I want to keep this blog upbeat and positive!
Another event that happens in June is Father’ Day. On June 20th families everywhere gather together to honor the man that helped give them life. Phone calls and Facetime substitutes for in person visits for those who live far away from their father. Gifts are given (with many purchased from the Marshall County Co-op) and much love is shared. It is a happy time for those who are fortunate enough to still have their father.
While we are on the subject of Father’s Day, let’s talk a little about the gifts that he may like. Socks and underwear? Please save those for Christmas. Your dad wants stuff he can use. And no place could be a better place to purchase this type of gift than the Marshall County Co-op. Stop in and just browse through everything we have. You will find tools, cool unique gadgets, garden supplies, lawn supplies, glass jars filled with food delights, fresh maple syrups, meat snacking sticks, a wide variety of cutlery knives and so much more! The only problem you will have when you come to the Marshall County Co-op is you will not be able to make up your mind on which gifts to purchase for him!
Have a very Happy June!
“Far up in the deep blue sky, Great white clouds are floating by; All the world is dressed in green; Many happy birds are seen, Roses bright and sunshine clear Show that lovely June is here.”F.G. Sanders