Sunday, June 13, 2010
The flag of the United States of America, “Stars and Stripes,” officially was adopted as the national symbol by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.
The Continental Congress proclaimed, “resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
It took more than a hundred years until the first flag day observance was held in a one-room schoolhouse in Waubeka Wis.
On June 14, 1885, teacher Bernard J. Cigrand, 19, placed a 10-inch, 38-star flag on his desk and instructed his students to write an essay on what the flag meant to them.
From that day forth, Cigrand devoted his life to bring about a national day of observance for the flag.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day.
In 1949, President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.
Source: National Flag Day Foundation