Tuesday 14 Jun, 2011

Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!

Did you know Flag Day started in a classroom? Here’s a little Flag Day history:
Celebrated each year on June 14, Flag Day celebrates the day when the national flag was officially adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. (Check out this interactive timeline of how the flag has changed.)

Many Americans unofficially adopted the practice of celebrating and displaying flags on June 14. In 1916, President Wilson issued a proclamation in honor of the day thanks to the urging of a Wisconsin schoolteacher, Bernard J. Cigrand. More than 40 years earlier, Cigrand first began to advocate for a national holiday recognizing Flag Day. The idea began in his classroom when on June 14 he placed a small flag on his desk and asked his students to compose essays about the significance of the flag. He devoted much of his life to speaking and writing about the importance of the flag.

Test your knowledge of the holiday with this Flag Day quiz.

What is proper etiquette for displaying and folding the flag?

There are several guidelines on how to display and handle the flag. You can find these standards as well as a history of the American flag in this handy American flag etiquette brochure from the U.S. Congress.

Which flag inspired the Star-Spangled Banner?
The flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become our national anthem can be found in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Learn more about this Star-Spangled Banner flag, our national anthem and the surrounding events.