By Eric Daugherty
June 15, 2022 Updated 9:20 A.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis released a video celebrating Flag Day, noting his appreciation for “all those who have fought for American principles both at home and abroad.”
DeSantis emphasized remarks made about Florida schools, saying that all students who go through the state’s school system must receive a “proper foundation” in “understanding the founding principles” of the United States.
“No matter what you do, everyone that comes out of our school system in Florida is gonna be called upon to exercise the duty of being an American citizen. And that means something – you need to understand what it means to be an American,” he said. “You need to understand the founding principles and ideals that built this country.”
Flag Day is celebrated in the United States every year on June 14th, commemorating the adoption of the U.S. flag in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress.
DeSantis harkened to when the U.S. defeated Nazi Germany during World War II: “People have been willing to lay down their life for this country… I just think that every student that graduates from from high school here needs to have that proper foundation.“
The Florida governor wants every student to have a thorough understanding of the Bill of Rights and reasons behind America’s founding philosophy.
“You need to understand our institution and our Bill of Rights and why the Founders designed it the way they did.”
DeSantis declared “Victims of Communism Day” last month, signing a new law requiring the teaching of Florida students about the “evils” of communism.
“A lot of young people don’t really know that much about what communism meant in practice and what it continues to mean in different parts of the world,” DeSantis said. “You can see at a college campus students flying Hammer and Sickle from the old Soviet Union flag.”
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