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June 14th is Flag Day!

On June 14th we celebrate Flag Day and the entire week is National Flag Week.  We in the USA are encouraged by our president to fly the American flag during that week.  You will observe that it is prominently displayed on all government buildings during this time.

On June 14, 1777, the first American flag was approved by the Continental Congress.  In 1818, they fixed the number of stripes at 13 and decided that each state will be represented by a star.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established June 14th as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Our flag represents us…it makes us stand out and you could even say it is our country’s logo!  Other countries around the globe recognize the flag as representative of The United States of America! Many of us in the USA affectionately call it “Old Glory” or “The Stars and Stripes.”

Flag Day is celebrated in different ways in our country…some you may not be familiar with.

  • Pennsylvania, in 1937, became the first and only state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. 
  • The oldest continuing Flag Day parade held each year in Fairfield, Washington started in 1909.  It was not held in 1918. 
  • Quincy, Massachusetts has been celebrating with a parade since 1952.
  •  Appleton, Wisconsin has done the same since 1947.
  • Troy, New York has the largest parade which draws 50,000 spectators annually. 
  • The Betsy Ross House is the site of Philadelphia’s Flag Day events.

We wish you all a Happy Flag Day! 

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