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US American Flag Day  American Flag Day and National Flag Week  US American Flag Day

Date When Celebrated :

  • Flag Day is always June 14
  • National Flag Week is the week that Flag Day falls on.

 

Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag represents the United States of America and its citizens. Our country is the greatest country in the world. We should pause today, to recognize our great country and our great citizens over the ages. Our flag represents our independence and our unity as a nation.....one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.

The American Flag is lovingly referred to by other names, including:

  • Old Glory
  • Stars and Stripes
  • The Red, White and Blue

As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride! 

Properly Display Our Flag

Care and handling of the American flag is steeped in tradition and respect. There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. This is called Flag Etiquette. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are the basics on displaying  the American flag:

  • The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
  • In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
  • The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
  • The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
  • After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's  called "half staff" on land ,and "half mast" on a ship.
  • When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
  • The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
  • The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
  • Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
  • Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
  • When your flag is old and has seen  better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

Origin of Flag Day

In 1775, the first American flag, called the Continental colors, was created for our fledgling country. But, it looked too similar to the British flag. So, on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.

It wasn't until 1916, that President Woodrow Wilson issued an official decree making June 14th Flag Day. However, some say the original Flag Day occurred in Wisconsin in 1885, and that Bernard J. Cigrand, a school teacher, began the practice of celebrating the flag’s birthday. He assigned his class to write essays about the flag and its significance.

 

Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see. Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony.

Related Holiday:

National Anthem Day 

American Flag Facts and Trivia


Famous Flag People:

Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. She also made tents, uniforms and flags for the Continental Army. According to folklore, in May, 1776, George Washington, In June, 1776, Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross, members of a committee of the Continental Congress approached her to make the country's first flag. Washington provided Betsy Ross with a rough design, which included a six pointed star. Ross demonstrated the ease of making a five pointed star with a single snip of the scissors. George Washington approved the five pointed star. Betsy finished making the American flag in early June, 1776. While this has been referred to as the first American flag, it actually wasn't. The first flag, called the "Continental Colors" was flown in 1775. But, it looked too much like the British flag.

Francis Scott Key Inspired by the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to our national anthem as he witnessed the event as British rockets whizzed in the air while our American Flag flew in the breeze. He wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the back on an envelope.


History and Origin of Flag Day

A Presidential proclamation has been issued annually for Flag Day since 1941. It proclaims Flag Day. A Presidential proclamation has announced National Flag Week ever since 1966.

Did you Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!

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