Thursday, May 29, 2014

Flag Day, June 14th

The Betsy Ross House
                                                      FLAG DAY, June 14

The Second Continental Congress determined the design of the American flag on Saturday, June 14, 1777.
Within the Papers of the Continental Congress the following is written:

               Resolved that the flag of the Thirteen United States
               be 13 stripes alternate red and white, that the union
               be 13 stars white in a blue field representing a new

Thus was born the famous Stars and Stripes, a flag design that evolved over time as more states joined the Union. There are now 50 stars where there were once 13, and the nation has witnessed 237 years of  unique history.  Much of that history is documented in the military records. Flag Day is now recognized on June 14, the “birthday” of the Stars and Stripes, as a result of the efforts of a Wisconsin teacher, Bernard John Cigrand.  The National Flag Day Foundation explains this on its webs In Waubeka, Wisconsin, in 1885, Bernard John Cigrand nineteen-year-old teacher in a one-room school placed a 10" 38-star flag in an inkwell and had his students write on what the flag meant to them. He called June 14th the flag’s
birthday.  Stony Hill School is now a historical site.  From that day on, Bernard J. Cigrand dedicated himself to inspire not only his students but also all Americans in the real meaning and majesty of our flag. As a result of Cigrand’s efforts., a Flag Day was officially proclaimed by President Wilson in 1916 to be celebrated on the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777.  It was President Truman, however, who signed an Act of Congress on August 3, 1949, establishing June 14 as Flag Day in the United States.Copied from website
Joan Summerfield ,Chairperson
NCDAR Flag of the United States of America

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