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Flag Day Is June 14th: Why Do We Celebrate?

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Every June 14th we celebrate Flag Day, but do you know why?

The reason we celebrate Flag Day is because it’s the day that marks the adoption of the flag of the United States. This happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Flag Day is also a special day for the United States Army because they celebrate their birthday on June 14th. Congress adopted “the American continental army” on June 14, 1775.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, but it is nationally recognized. It was 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day, but it wasn’t until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress, permanently designating June 14th of each year to be recognized as National Flag Day.

Legend says that in June of 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 and the current version of the American flag dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.

[via America’s Library, US Flag/Army]

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