Thursday, June 9, 2011

Celebrate Flag Day


Most of us know that July 4th is the date when people take the opportunity to fly their American Flags and celebrate the birth of our country. What some people may not know is that the 14th of June each year is National Flag Day, a day meant to celebrate the American Flag and its significance to the United States.

Here is some history about this important holiday.

On June 14, 1777, Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. One hundred and eight years later on June 14, 1885, the first observance of Flag Day was held. On that day, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher in Wisconsin, placed a small flag on his desk and assigned his students an essay on the flag’s significance. From that day forward, Cigrand began a lifetime quest for a national observance of Flag Day. Each year different towns across the United States began holding Flag Day celebrations, but it was not until 1916, when Cigrand was 50 years old, that the federal government moved to recognize the holiday. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing Flag Day as a holiday. It was not until August 3, 1949, however, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress officially designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Did any national holidays originate in your home state? Let us know!

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