"As we commemorate the 235th anniversary of our great country's adoption of a national flag, it is important that we take a moment to recognize and reflect upon the values our Stars and Stripes represents.
"The American flag is an enduring symbol of freedom. It represents opportunity. These are the ideals upon which our Nation was built, and the principles our men and women in uniform continue to defend at home and abroad.
"I ask that you take a moment to join me in honoring our flag and the American values it embodies, and offer a prayer for our servicemen and women who risk their lives in defense of each. Lastly, don't forget to display and wave the Red, White and Blue. As Americans, we can do so with pride."