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The History of Flag Day

Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917

Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day
on June 14, 1917

Flag Day is celebrated in many countries around the world – sometimes on it’s their independence day sometimes on the day the flag was adopted.

The United States celebrates it on June 14 the day the flag was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

June 14th is also the United States Army’s birthday which was adopted as the “American Continental Army” by consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

The city of Hartford, CT was the first to observe the day in 1861 with a patriotic program praying for the success of the Federal arms and the preservation of Union. Unfortunately, it did not become a tradition.

In 1885, grade school teacher, Bernard J. Cigrand, known as the “Father of Flag Day,” held the first recognized formal observance of Flag Day at the Stony Hill School. The restored school now houses the National Flag Day Americanism Center in Waubeka, WI.

Starting in the late 1880s, Cigrand traveled the nation promoting patriotism, respect for the flag and the need for an annual observance of the day the flag was adopted.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

He became president of the American Flag Day Association and later of the National Flag Day Society. He had presented 2,188 speeches on patriotism and the flag in his lifetime.

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. National Flag Day was established in 1949 by an Act of Congress and signed by Harry Truman.

The week of June 10-16, 2012 is National Flag Week, during which the President issues a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the whole week.

Remember this song: “You’re a Grand Old Flag” from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” with James Cagney in 1942? I remember singing it as part of a patriotic pageant in elementary school.

Lyrics:
You’re a grand old flag
You’re a high-flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of the land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Every heart beats true for the red, white and blue,
And there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag!


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