We know what you’re thinking… what the heck is Flag Day and why do we celebrate it?
- Flag Day is held annually on June 14th to celebrate the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, which resulted in the creation and adoption of the first American Flag design.
- The original design included 13 alternating red and white stripes, and 13 stars, to represent the original 13 colonies, which made up our country.
- In the beginning, when new states were added to the nation, a new stripe and star were both placed on the flag – but later, only stars were added for new states, and the stripes reverted back to the original 13.
- The colors of the flag were selected to symbolize Hardiness and Valor (Red), Purity and Innocence (White), and Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice (Blue) for our new nation and its people.
- A celebration was held on the anniversary of the American Flag’s birthday, to bring the newly formed states together in unity under one banner, and to promote a sense of shared community and teamwork.
- Continuing throughout the 1800s, many state governors and schools unofficially directed their communities to display the American Flag on all public buildings on June 14th each year.
- On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing Flag Day, but it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, when President Truman officially signed an Act of Congress that would designate June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
- In a 1914 Flag Day address by Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane, he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”
So make sure to display your red, white, and blue today – in honor of the creation of our American Flag.