This time of year is hectic for any flag-related business. For the last week, the newspapers were filled with Flag Day stories from coast to coast. In fact, every newspaper except one in the United States carried special stories about Flag Day.
The Courier of Findlay, Ohio had this to say about the lack of a Flag Day story.
So we missed Flag Day last Thursday at the Courier, as a few people have brought to our attention. There was no special header on page 1, and no coverage of community events … because none were planned. We have issues with those who believe it’s the job of the local newspaper to celebrate this patriotic holiday so other people can feel good about it. Our job is to report the news, not to create it.
To be fair, the rest of the editorial covers the role the paper played in the annual celebration and makes some other points for consideration, but I am more fascinated by the tone of the editorial.
For The Daily Flag news department, the biggest decision was to not run links to the thousands of stories written from the Wednesday before Flag Day to the Sunday after. Most stories carried pictures of American flags flying, and people celebrating with parades and barbecues.
Next up is the grandest celebration of all, The Fourth of July. This is the 231st birthday for America and I can’t wait for the fireworks to begin.