Friday, July 14, 2017


On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States of America.

On June 14, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a nineteen-year-old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10-inch, 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk and then assigned the class to write essays about the flag and its significance.

Thus began Cigrand's long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about the national observance of Flag Day.  The crowning achievement of Cigrand's life came at the age of fifty when President Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a national observance of Flag Day.

In 1948, President Truman signed into law an act of Congress designating the 14th day of June-every year--as National Flag Day.

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