45 Inspiring Flag Day Quotes and Sayings to Celebrate

Flag Day is observed each year on June 14th.

Flag Day became a federal holiday for the first time in 1916. The American flag contains 50 stars, one for every state in the Union, and 13 stripes, one for each of the original thirteen colonies.


Top 10 Flag Day Quotes


The red and white and starry blue – is freedom’s shield and hope. ~ John Philip Sousa.


If you want a symbolic gesture, don’t burn the flag; wash it. ~ Norman Thomas.


To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag. ~ Pauline Hanson.


The whole inspiration of our life as a nation flows out from the waving folds of this banner. ~ Unknown.


When we honour our flag, we honour what we stand for as a Nation – freedom, equality, justice, and hope. ~ Ronald Reagan.


The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history. ~ Mike Fitzpatrick.


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~ Elmer Davis.


I am not the flag: not at all. I am but its shadow. ~ Franklin Knight Lane.


Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity. ~ Adrian Cronauer.


Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done. ~ Calvin Coolidge.

Famous Flag Day Quotes

You’re the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave. ~ George M. Cohan.


I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it. ~ John Thune.


This flag which we honour and under which we serve is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. ~ Woodrow Wilson.

And when we view a flag, which to the eye is beautiful, and to contemplate its rise and origin inspires a sensation of sublime delight, our national honor must unite with our interests to prevent injury to the one, or insult to the other. ~ Thomas Paine.


Flags are bits of coloured cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. ~ Arundhati Roy.

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth. ~ Henry Ward Beecher.


When Freedom from her mountain height Unfurled her standard to the air, She tore the azure robe of night, And set the stars of glory there. ~ Joseph Rodman Drake.

Best Flag Day Quotes

When we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights, we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. ~ Calvin Coolidge.


A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country’s flag. ~ Margaret Thatcher.

The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history. ~ Woodrow Wilson.


There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. ~ Howard Zinn.

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. ~ James Bryce.

Popular Flag Day Quotes


We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. ~ Calvin Coolidge.

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. ~ Aristotle.

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it. ~ Woodrow Wilson.


A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers, The banner of the Western land. The emblem of the brave and true. ~ John Philip Sousa.

Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave. ~ Francis Scott Key.

Powerful Flag Day Quotes


I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself, the pictured suggestion of that big thing which makes this nation. ~ Franklin Knight Lane.

We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty. ~ George Washington.

Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. ~ Joe Barton.

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it. ~ Barack Obama.

We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so, we dilute the freedom this cherished emblem represents. ~ William J. Brennan.

The colors that float from the masthead should be the credentials of our seamen. There is no safety to us, and the gentlemen have shown it, but in the rule that all who sail under the flag (not being enemies) are protected by the flag. ~ Henry Clay.

Patriotic Flag Day Quotes

Ev’ry heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White and Blue. ~ George M. Cohan.

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. ~ Theodore Roosevelt.

It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations. ~ Henry Cabot Lodge.

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~ Adlai Stevenson.

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. ~ Mark Twain.


You are the makers of the flag and it is well that you glory in the making. ~ Franklin Knight Lane.

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself. ~ Henry Ward Beecher.

So these were the 45 top quotes about Flag Day.

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