by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel
18th Wing Public Affairs
6/15/2015 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The
Air Force Sergeants Association hosted a National Flag Day ceremony in
front of the 18th Wing headquarters here at June 15.
People across the U.S. celebrate National Flag Day June 14 each year to
honor the U.S. flag and to commemorate the flag's adoption by resolution
of the 2nd Continental Congress on that day in 1777.
"The American flag has been the symbol of our nation's unity, as well as
a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens," Tech. Sgt.
Michael Collard, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection craftsman
and emcee for the event, said. "The flag flies in the heart of every
military member who has served and who is serving our great nation."
U.S. Flag Code states, "The flag, when it is in such condition that it
is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a
dignified way, preferably by burning."
This year, Kadena's Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts Pack 102 placed
unserviceable flags into a collection barrel for proper disposal. The
last flag to be placed in the collection barrel was the 18th Wing's U.S.
flag, decommissioned by the Kadena Base Honor Guard June 15. The flag
represents all of the flags collected that are officially retired from
After the ceremony, the fire department transported the unserviceable
flags to an alternate location for the final tribute to the flags to be
"There is a distinguishing feature on the tail of all of our jets --
that's the American flag," said Col. Christopher Amrhein, 18th Wing vice
commander. "When I was a young captain, I always thought yes, that
represents the United States of America wherever we go; then one day I
had a senior mentor pull me aside and say 'captain that doesn't
represent the United States of America -- that is the United States of
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially
established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was
established by an Act of Congress.
However, National Flag Day is not an official federal holiday; it is at
the president's discretion to officially proclaim the observance.