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Flag Day

Jun-11, 2017

Flag Day

People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14th each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the adoption of the flag, which happened on June 14th, 1777, by the declaration of the Second Continental Congress. On the same day, the United States Army also celebrates its Birthday. While Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole in the year June 14th, 1775.


In 1916, the president of the United States issued a proclamation which officially established June 14th as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was recognized by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate the Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday. While the first and oldest continuing Flag Day parade is in Fairfield, Washington. Beginning in 1909 - 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the potential exception of 1918, and then celebrated the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events.


On June 14th, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with the latest design featuring 13 white stars in a ring on a blue field and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. Though it is not convinced, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an executive flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. while the number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped up at 15 and was later came back to 13.

In June 1886 Bernard Cigrand made his first public suggestion for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he released an article titled “The Fourteenth of June” in the old Chicago Argus broadsheet.  However, the Cigrand’s effort was to ensure that the national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson granted a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14th, 1916. Yet, the Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14thas Flag Day in 1966. Going forward congress also requested that the President issue an annualproclamation designating the week in which June 14th would be National Flag Week.

Moreover the President was requested to issue a proclamation each year to recall the government officials in the USA to present the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day; and to advise US residents to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14th, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

What do people do on this day

The Flag Day falls within National Flag Week in the United States and this is the time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been a lasting symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. Throughout both events, Americans also remember their loyalty towards the nation, and repeat their belief in liberty and justice and observe the nation’s harmony.

You can see many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American flag at their homes and everywhere else. Other ways to best observe this holiday include flag-raising ceremonies; school quizzes, Flag Day services;  and essay competitions about the American flag; and in many places you get to see musical salutes; street parades; and awards for special recognitions.

However, the National Flag Day Foundation is one of the famous organizations in the United States which actively participate on this day by coordinating and arranging activities centered on the event and keeping the flag’s traditions active. Following Flag Day is to honor America Days, a 21-day period throughout to Independence Day which isJuly 4th. During this period, people hold public gatherings and activities to celebrate and respect the nation.