For Friday: Flag Day

June 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

American Flag

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Friday, June 14, 2013 – Flag Day.  I realized that I didn’t know much about it and thought there must be a few more like me.  So, a brief history.

Each year on the 14th day of June, the country marks the day on which the country adopted “the flag of the United States of America, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.”  As National Flag Day Foundation explains on their site:

Our mission is to carry on the tradition of the first flag day observance. On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. The crowning achievement of his life came at age fifty when President Wilson, on May 30, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Truman signed an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day. On June 14th, 2004, the 108th U.S. Congress voted unanimously on H.R. 662 that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Waubeka Wisconsin.

Stony Hill School, Waubeka, Wisconsin

Stony Hill School. Image Source: Creative Commons

In 2012, photographer John Madere shot the September 11 Memorial Flag and created a time-lapse video of the process.

And, now you know.  Happy Flag Day.  Happy Weekend.

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