The concept of a specific day to annually recognize the American Flag came 108 years later. In 1885, a Fredonia, Wisconsin schoolteacher, B.J. Cigrand, arranged for the students in his school district to observe the resolution on June 14th as
In 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned similar festivities for his school’s students. In 1893, Philadelphia became the first city to celebrate Flag Day, and in the following year, New York was the first state to observe June 14th. After decades of expanding community observances,
President Woodrow Wilson established
Flag Day on May 30, 1916.
Still many communities did not celebrate Flag Day. It wasn’t until 1949, when President Harry Truman signed into an Act of Congress that National Flag Day be observed every
The Unites States Flag Code, as adopted by Congress, states
“The flag represents
a living country and is
itself considered a living thing.”
This is why we should give the flag our full respect.
Are you proudly flying
the stars and stripes not just today
but every day?