On June 14, 1777 a resolution was passed by the Second Continental Congress that stated: “The flag of the United States shall be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white on a blue field representing a new constellation”.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially inaugurating June 14 as Flag Day. However, in 1885 it was Bernard Cigrand, a small-town Wisconsin teacher who originated the idea for an annual Flag Day to be celebrated across the country every June 14. That year he led his school in the first formal observance of the holiday.
Let’s observe Flag Day on Sunday, June 14, 2020 by taking a moment to think about what the American flag means to you.
“The American Flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history.” – Mike Fitzpatrick
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation – freedom, equality, justice and hope.” – Ronald Reagan