Flag Day Is Annually Held
On June 14
To Honor The United States Flag.
Flag Day 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
List of Observations:
People across the United States celebrate
Flag Day on June 14 each year
to Honor the United States Flag and to
Commemorate the Flag' Adoption.
Flag Day falls within National Flag Week,
a time when Americans reflect
on the foundations of the nation's freedom.
The Flag of the United States Represents
Freedom and has been an Enduring Symbol
of the Country's Ideals since its early days.
During both events, Americans also remember
their Loyalty to the Nation,
Reaffirm their Belief in Liberty and Justice,
and Observe the Nation's Unity.
Many people in the United States Honor
This Day by Displaying the American Flag
at homes and public buildings. Other popular
ways of observing this holiday include:
Flag-raising Ceremonies; Flag Day Services;
School Quizzes and Essay Competitions
about the American Flag; Musical Salutes;
Street Parades;and Awards for Special Recognition.
Organizations such as The National Flag Day
Foundation are actively involved in coordinating
activities centered on the event
and keeping the Flag's Traditions alive.
Following Flag Day is Honor America Days,
a 21-day period through to
Independence Day(July 4) to honor America.
During this period, people hold public gatherings
and activities to celebrate and honor the nation.
Although Flag Day is a Nationwide Observance,
it is not a Public Holiday in many parts
of the United States.
It is a Legal Holiday in a few areas in the USA,
such as Montour County in Pennsylvania.
On June 14,1777,Continental Congress replaced
the British Symbols of the Grand Union Flag
with a new design featuring 13 white stars
in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red
and white stripes – one for each state.
Although it is not certain,
this Flag may have been made
by the Philadelphia seamstress Betty Ross,
who was an official Flag Maker
for the Pennsylvania Navy.
The number of stars increased
as the new states entered the Union,
but the number of stripes stopped at 15
and was later returned to 13.
In June 1886 Bernard Cigrand made his first
public proposal for the annual observance
of the birth of the flag when he wrote
an article titled "The Fourteenth of June"
in the old Chicago Argus newspaper.
Cigrand's effort to ensure national observance
of Flag Day finally came when
President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation
calling for a nationwide observance
of the event on June 14, 1916.
However, Flag Day did not become official
until August 1949, when President Harry Truman
signed the legislation
and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day.
In 1966, Congress also requested that the President
issue annually a proclamation designating the week
in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.
The President is requested to issue each year
a proclamation to:
call on government officials in the USA
to display the flag of the United States
on all government buildings on Flag Day;
and to urge US residents to observe Flag Day
as the anniversary of the adoption
on June 14,1777,by the Continental Congress
of the Stars and Stripes
as the official flag of the United States.
The American flag, also nicknamed as "Old Glory"
or "star-spangled banner", has changed
designs over the centuries.
It consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes
of red (top and bottom) alternating with white,
with a blue rectangle in the canton
bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars.
Each of the 50 stars represent the 50 states
in the United States and the 13 stripes
represent the original 13 colonies
that became the first states in the Union.
`ON YOUR SHORE`
I laid down my life on shore
Why couldn't I have done more
My sacrifice has not changed a thing
As my brothers still do hear
I say lay down your arms today
Get down on your knees and pray
Freedom's here in God's heaven above
When you send the world all of
"Dedicated by author of Stars&Stripes
To All Families Of Fallen Heroes Throughout History!"
"God Bless Us One and All!