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A Brief History of Flag Day

By Scott Sarvay

A Brief History of Flag Day

June 14, 2012 Updated Jun 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14th, 1777.

On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year-old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.

This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day.

The crowning achievement of his life came at age fifty when President Wilson, on May 30, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day.




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