Happy Flag Day everyone! I have to confess, this is has secretly been one of my favorite holidays for its randomness. Also because this is one of those holidays that typically only elementary school teachers celebrate, when they bring out the flag-themed cardigans. I’ve always been disappointed that it’s not actually a Federal holiday – i.e. the kind that necessitates a day off, sigh – it would be nice right around now.
I say random but it does commemorate the adoption of the American flag, which is loaded with symbolism and meaning for a lot different reasons – and as a naturalized citizen, I don’t take that lightly. However, one of the things that non-Americans usually notice in coming here is our propensity to use the flag on anything and everything (which I believe is technically not allowed, but it doesn’t appear to stop anyone from marketing and purchasing flag-based items, so as long as flag items are grounded in sound capitalist principles, it appears to be fine). I think the only other place I’ve been where there has been a competing level of flag display has been Hungary, with Greece being a close second.
In any case, in celebration of this Flag Day, here are a few ways in which the flag has been incorporated through various interiors, sourced from Google image libraries. In our first place, we had the framed Jasper Johns print (pictured above) displayed in our dining corner, and in our home abroad, we have a distressed flag painted on wood – after all, it’s working for that flag that’s our employer overseas and frankly, we’re kind of proud of that.