Happy Flag Day!
“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”
-Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress, June 14, 1777
President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 that established June 14 as Flag Day. The date commemorates the adoption of our United States flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
“We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country,
separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her,
and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.”
— Attributed to George Washington
A celebration in honor of the U.S. flag first took place in 1861 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the suggestion of George Morris, who asked that the occasion be used to pray for the preservation of the Union. Not until 1885 would the first recognized, formal Flag Day be held at the Stony Hill School in Waubeka, Wisconsin.
Show your patriotism today by proudly flying the American flag and celebrate the Stars and Stripes with red, white, and blue!