It’s time to get out your flags and show your American pride for Flag Day and National Flag Week! June 14 is National Flag Day and you can show your American pride by displaying the American flag on your home. You will also see the flag proudly displayed on all government buildings during the week of June 14. You may even hear of a parade in your city or other events that will honor the American flag.
The American flag has played a big part in the lives of Americans. We have grown up admiring the flag and learning about the flag in school. We have seen it displayed on holidays such as Memorial Day and Independence Day. The flag is very important in American culture, but it’s easy to forget all of the interesting facts of how the American flag came to be.
In honor of Flag Day, we have put together a list of 10 fun facts about the American flag and the history of Flag Day. We hope you enjoy them!
The first American flag was sewed by Betsy Ross in May of 1776.
Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777.
The colors of the flag have important meanings. Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
The first Flag Day observance was on June 14, 1885, when 19-year-old school teacher Bernard J. Cigrand placed a 38-inch star flag in a bottle on his desk. He assigned essays about the flag and its significance.
In 1894, the governor of New York directed that the flag be displayed on all public buildings on June 14.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing Flag Day as the anniversary of the Flag Resolution.
On August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress that would designate June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.
If dirty or soiled, an American flag may be washed and dry cleaned.
If a flag touches the ground, it does not have to be destroyed. Instead, just wash it if it’s dirty.
It may have taken a while to officially declare June 14 as Flag Day, but now that it’s a reserved holiday, take your American flag out and wash it if you have to. Make sure you show your American Pride on June 14!
Big Island Builders would like to celebrate Flag Day, June 14th with a heartfelt thank you to all of our troops overseas who are defending our democracy and our symbol of strength, the Stars and Stripes. For more information regarding Big Island Builders, Naples, Florida, please call 239.262.6867, or visit www.bigislandbuilders.com