Flag Day Is June 14th: Why Do We Celebrate?
Every June 14th we celebrate Flag Day, but do you know why?
Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
The United States Army also celebrates their birthday on June 14th. Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
It wasn’t until 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day, but it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
According to American legend, in June 1776, George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, to create a flag for the new nation in anticipation of a declaration of its independence.
On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” There have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag so far; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.