Flag Day

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2024 DateJune 14, 2024
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Flag Day History

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the national emblem, the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the country. The purpose of the day is to honor and recognize the symbol of national pride, unity, and freedom, which has been a constant presence in moments of triumph and hardship.

The history of Flag Day can be traced back to June 14, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution. This established the national flag's design that features 13 stars and 13 stripes to represent the 13 colonies. The idea of a day to celebrate the flag gained traction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was particularly championed by individuals like Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin teacher who organized the first formal observance in 1885. After several decades of various communities holding their own Flag Day celebrations, President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916, and Congress later solidified this proclamation in 1949.

Communities observe Flag Day by hosting parades, ceremonies, and special events to pay tribute to this influential icon. Many people choose to display the flag proudly on this day, engaging in heartfelt tributes that showcase their love and respect for this symbol of the United States. Flag Day is observed annually on June 14th, providing an opportunity for Americans to reflect upon the history and significance of the flag.

Flag Day facts

  • According to Guinness World Records, Thomas Ski Demski is known for owning the worlds largest flag. The flag measures 505 feet wide by 225 feet tall, and weighs about 3,000 pounds.
  • On August 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional order making June 14th of each year National Flag Day.
  • Worn out flags may be given to the American Legion or Boy/Girl Scouts of America where they will burn the flags in a formal ceremony on June 14th.
  • The Flag should never touch the ground when being taken down. It should be folded neatly and stored ceremoniously.
  • You should fly the American Flag only between sunrise and sunset. If left hanging around the clock, it must be illuminated during the dark hours.
  • The First Flag Act was signed by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777... Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.

Top things to do for Flag Day

  • Fly the American Flag.
  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Visit a National Monument or National celebration.
  • Attend a Flag retirement ceremony.

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