Flag Day

The day the United States honors adoption of the the American Flag is June 14th.

Flag Day is a day for all Americans at home or abroad to celebrate and show respect for our flag. Our nation's independence and unity is represented by the American Flag

So many have sacrificed their lives to preserve the integrity, community and culture we Americans enjoy day in and day out.

June 14th is a day for us to honor the history of the American flag. So on this day let it serve as a reminder of the importance of the flag. When you raise the flag salute it and take a moment to remember our forefathers who created the great nation that the American flag flies over and the soldiers who fought and continue to fight for our freedom. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The History of Flag Day

America traditionally celebrated the birth of our nation on the Fourth of July. In 1885 a schoolteacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin, Bernard J. Cigrand, arranged for his students to celebrate June 14th as our "Flag Birth Day". In observance a 10 inch flag with 38 stars was placed on B.J. Cigrand's desk. This date in 1885 marked the 108th anniversary of the Continental Congress officially adopting the flag to symbolize our new nation. This flag sewn by Betsy Ross consisted of 13 stripes of alternating red and white and having a blue union with 13 white stars forming a circle. It is reported in numerous articles and public addresses for years to follow that B.J. Cigrand continued to actively promote the observance of June 14th as our flags birthday or "Flag Day".

After what is believed to have been the first celebration of "Flag Day" in 1885, a New York City schoolteacher arranged for his pupils to celebrate June 14th to honor the flag in 1889. In 1891 the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration followed by the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution holding a similar celebration the following year on June 14, 1892.

Colonel J. Granville Leach suggested in 1893 that all authorities and all citizens display the American Flag on June 14th. Leach later recommended that this day be known as "Flag Day" and on that day all school children participate in suitable exercises with each child receiving a small American flag.

It was in 1894 when the governor of New York declared that on June 14th the American flag would be displayed on all public buildings. With B.J. Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn leading the way, the American Flag Day Association was founded. The whole purpose of this association was to promote "Flag Day" celebrations. On June 14, 1894 under the sponsorship of this newly formed association, the first general public school celebration of Flag Day was held in Chicago with more than 300,000 children participating.

Inspired by three decades of Flag Day celebrations President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916, officially proclaimed - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777. Flag Day continued to be celebrated, but it wasn't till August 3, 1949 that President Truman signed an Act of Congress declaring National Flag Day as June 14th each year.