Flag Day, June 14th is a special day as it is also my grandmother’s birthday. When I was small, we had little flags to wave around on her birthday. Sometimes there was a picnic at the lake complete with grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, an array of salads, freshly baked pies and lots of family members. They charged the kids with chasing paper plates the breeze launched from the tables like frisbees and waving our flags.
Giving small flags to school children has a long tradition. The Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. Starting in 1885 a schoolteacher Fredonia, Wisconsin, named BJ Cigrand, arranged for his students to observe the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes. He called it ‘Flag Birthday’. It took three decades of state and local celebrations before President Woodrow Wilson issued an official proclamation recognizing the day. It would require another three decades for President Truman to sign an Act of Congress designating June 14th as National Flag Day.
How will you celebrate Flag Day?
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Jo Hawk The Writer