- Franklin Lane, Secretary of the Interior, in a 1914 Flag Day speech.
|A person held a malnourished Somali child wrapped in an American flag at |
a feeding center in Dadaab, Kenya, Monday. More than 100,000 people
have left their homes amid weeks of intense fighting in Somalia.
(Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters) Courtesy WSJ
Even though I am confronted with liberal people (who don't understand 'liberty') on a daily basis, I simply refuse to buy into the notion that patriotism, love of America and its history, and all of that negative stuff the American Left rails against on a regular basis. I still think most parents want their kids to have a piece of the American Dream as sliced up in a pie that only America can serve. With that -- even though my front porch is under construction and I cannot fly a flag this year -- I think a little Flag Day history is in order.
|From the February 13, 1864 edition of Harper's Weekly|
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the foundling nation's flag with the Flag Resolution of 1777.
In 1885, a schoolteacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin, named B.J. Cigrand and his class observed the first known Flag Day, or as they called it "Flag Birthday." Cigrand became a tireless advocate for the establishment of Flag Birthday as a national event.
In 1889, another school teacher adopted June 14th as a day to celebrate the birthday of the flag. Balch's kindergarten students in New York City held ceremonies including carrying small flags and singing patriotic songs. The New York State State Board of Education adopted "Flag Day" as an official observance.
In 1983, Colonel J Granville Leach, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, suggested that June 14 be known from then on as Flag Day.
In 1894, the State of New York adopted June 14 as Flag Day, followed the next year by the State of Illinois. The first Flag Day ceremonies in the Chicago area saw over 300,000 children participate.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first, official, national Flag Day, and on August 3, 1949, President Truman designated June 14 every year as National Flag Day.
|Repatriated US POWs proudly pose with their handmade|
American flag for a group photograph with their flight nurses
at Tachikawa Air Base, Japan. The POWs made the flag during
their internment in a Communist POW camp.
September 9, 1953