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National Flag Day

A nineteen-year-old school teacher in 1885 is generally credited with coming up with the idea of designating a day to celebrate the flag of the United States. B.J. Cigrand, a teacher at Stony Hill in Waubeka, Wisconsin, encouraged his students to observe June 14th as "Flag Birthday." He brought in a small flag with 38 stars and assigned his students to write essays about the flag. According to a website about the history of Flag Day, Cigrand was published "in numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, and he continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'." When Cigrand was 50, President Wilson declared a national day for Flag Day. However, it wasn't until 1949 that President Truman signed an Act of Congress establishing June 14 as National Flag Day. Stony Hill is now an historical site and the town holds annual celebrations around Flag Day. A bust of Cigrand can be seen at the National Flag Day Americanism Center in Waubeka. Learn more about Cigrand and the adoption of the idea of National Flag Day through this website.

The significance of the June 14th date is that in 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the following proclamation, "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." The flag in 1777 was designed as a naval ensign, not as a national symbol, and looked like this:

The first official flag of the United States created by Francis Hopkinson. Graphic by Devin Cook. Public domain.

Another popular flag from this period was the Betsy Ross flag, which had the stars in a circle on the blue field:

The Birth of Old Glory by Edward Percy Moran. Public domain.

The history of flags in the United States is very interesting. See the following timeline of flags to reconnect with our nation's history.

Flag Day Celebrated on Postage Stamps

According to a Smithsonian article on National Flag Day, the U.S. Post Office issued the first multi-colored flag stamp on July 4, 1957. The beautiful stamp in red, white and blue was seen as disrespectful because the canceling of the flag stamp was seen as disrespectful. Flag stamps continued to be controversial with the issue on June 14, 1985, the "Flag over the Capitol" as a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cigrand's "Flag Birthday." The first stamp was issued in Waubeka and although not everyone thought it properly celebrated Cigrand or Flag Day, the stamp was beautiful and very popular. Pictures of these stamps are copyright protected but can be seen on the Smithsonian website.

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241 Years of Army Strong

A Glendale salute to the U.S. Army, which was founded on 14 June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.

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