Happy Flag Day, Dahlgren!
June 14, 2017
June 14 is Flag Day, a holiday that many Americans know little about. This patriotic holiday commemorates the day when our newly founded country adopted our current flag back on June 14, 1777, but it wasn't until 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson maade the hoiday official. In August of 1949, an Act of Congress established Flag Day, but it's still not recognized as an official federal holiday.
Here are some more facts about Flag Day:
- Pennsylania was the first state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.
- The oldest Flag Day parade in the country is held in Fairfield, Washington. It began in 1909 or 1910.
- The earliest written reference to Flag Day is cited in Kansas: a Cyclopedia of State History, published by Standard Publishing Company of Chicago in 1912. It credits George Morris of Hartford, Connecticut using the phrase.
- In 1885, a schoolteacher named Bernard J. Cigrand held the first recognized formal observance of Flag Day at the Stony Hill School. Later, after he moved to Chicago, he held a public school children's celebration of Flag Day with more than 300,000 children.
- William T. Kerr, a native of Pittsburgh, founded the American Flag Day Association of Western Pennsylvania in 1888.
- Today, Americans are encouraged to fly an American flag during the week surrounding Flag Day.
- Many local government buildings fly their flags and hold ceremonies celebrating the flag's history on Flag Day.
The History Of Flag Day [US Flag]