Here’s some history and a memoir about Flag Day. Enjoy!
Happy Flag Day, 2017!
by Alice Jane-Marie Massa
In the United States, Americans celebrated the first Flag Day on June 14, 1877–one hundred and forty years ago today. June 14 was designated as Flag Day because on this day in 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution for the design and colors of the first flag of the United States. In the late 19th century, teachers used Flag Day to teach their students more about history. Wisconsinite Bernard J. Cigrand, a teacher (later a dentist, writer, public speaker who delivered 2188 speeches about patriotism and the flag), went a step further: for approximately sixty years, he lobbied Congress to make Flag Day an official observance. The patriotic dream of Mr. Cigrand, who became known as the “Father of Flag Day,” did not materialize until 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that June 14 shall be National Flag Day. Finally…
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