Flag Day 2016


Flag Day 2016

While July 4th is America’s birthday, June 14th of each year is Flag Day, a time set aside to honor our nation’s flag. The idea of an annual day celebrating America’s flag originated in 1885 when schoolteacher BJ Cigrand arranged for his Wisconsin Public School students to observe June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’. The idea began to catch on and soon other schoolteachers were celebrating our nation’s flag with their students.

In 1889, for example, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, observed Flag Day with his young students and it didn’t take long before hundreds of civic organizations and patriotic groups were celebrating Old Glory with flag giveaways, parades, ceremonies and patriotic songs.

On June 14th, 1894, the American Flag Day Association organized the first general public school children’s celebration of Flag Day in parks across Chicago, attracting more than 300,000 patriotic participants.

Inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by  Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. As support for Flag Day get among Americans, President Truman signed an Act of Congress August 3rd, 1949 designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. On June 14th, 2004, the 108th U.S. Congress voted unanimously on H.R. 662 memorializing the fact that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Waubeka Wisconsin.

Today, the traditions of Flag day are advanced by the National Flag Day Foundation.

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