Flag Day – Salute the American Flag

flag-day June 14

What is Flag Day? It is the day to commemorate the adoption of Stars & Stripes as the official flag of the United States of America. Most of us celebrate this day by displaying the US Flag in front of our homes but do we know our flag’s history? Legend has it that in 1776 President George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a seamstress to create a flag in anticipation of declaration of independence. On June 14, 1777, John Adams came up with the idea of Stars & Stripes saying “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Since then there have been twenty seven official versions of the American flag including the current one that was created on July 4, 1960 when Hawaii was added as the 50th state.

The American Flag was first saluted by foreign naval vessels on February 14, 1778 but the adoption of the flag was not officially observed until June 14, 1889 when Professor George Bolch held patriotic ceremonies to observe the anniversary of the Flag Day resolution. Soon afterwards the State Department of Education arranged to have the Flag Day observed in all public schools and in 1897, the governor of New York ordered the American flag to be displayed over all public buildings in New York. This is considered by some to be the first official observance of the anniversary of the adoption of the flag. In 1916, President Wilson asked for June 14 to be observed as National Flag Day, followed by another proclamation by President Coolidge in 1927. On May 7, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to establish June 14 Flag Day as a legal holiday. Although Flag Day is observed by the whole country, Pennsylvania is the only state to recognize it as a legal holiday. Finally, on August 3, 1949, Congress approved the national observance of Flag Day which was signed into law by President Harry Truman.

Today the American flag can be seen on all public buildings, schools and even in front of homes. Displaying and saluting the flag is a way to celebrate and honor the United States of America. On Sunday, June 14, take a moment to honor the flag and to say thanks for all that the flag represents.

Happy Flag Day!

2 thoughts on “Flag Day – Salute the American Flag

  1. I didn’t see this until late in the day, but was impressed and made a copy of it and shared it, as well. Flag Day, 2015, is just about over, but, I think that EVERY DAY should be “Flag Day”, because our flag represents the greatest nation on earth and we should all be proud to fly or display, in some way, this flag which is the symbol of our FREEDOM which so many have given their lives for, so that we, and those who follow us can enjoy that freedom they fought for.. The flag, itself, is just a piece of material with different colors and shapes on it, but what makes it so important, is WHAT IT STANDS FOR! THAT is why we should fly or display it and THAT Is also, what should be the catalyst for the tears we shed, and the pride we feel, when we see this Banner pass us by. Happy Flag Day, America….”.long may It wave o’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!”

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    1. Thank you Jeanette. We agree that we should celebrate our freedom every day and honor the great men and women who sacrificed their lives to achieve it.

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