Flag Day (14 June)  Facts from the Commander CLHMC


Flag Day (United States) ... In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Here are five thing to know about Flag Day:

1. Banner beginning. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 and commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

2. Teach your children well. Wisconsin schoolteacher BJ Cigrand is believed to have been the first person to observe the holiday. In 1885, Cigrand had his students in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School district observe June 14 (the 108 anniversary of the adoption of the flag) as “Flag Birthday” or “Flag Day.” Other Flag Day observances followed in Philadelphia in 1891 at the Betsy Ross House, and in 1892 by the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution. The American Flag Day Association organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises, held the first public school children’s celebration of Flag Day on June 14, 1894 in Chicago, with more than 300,000 students taking part.

3. Making it official. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. Pennsylvania, which hosted some of the earliest Flag Day celebrations, became the first to celebrate June 14 as a state holiday. But it was not until Aug. 3, 1949 that an Act of Congress signed by President Harry Truman designated June 14 as National Flag Day.

4. Long may it wave. The week of June 14-20 has been designated as “National Flag Week” during which the president issues a proclamation urging all U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings.

5. Local Flag Day love. While several U.S. cities and towns claim to have the largest (Troy, New York) or oldest Flag Day celebrations (Fairfield, Washington), Quincy, Mass. maintains its annual Flag Day parade, started in 1952 by Richard J. Koch, “is the longest-running parade of its kind in the nation.” The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled this year’s banner celebration, traditionally held on the Saturday closest to Flag Day. While the parade and fireworks display at Pageant Field are off this year, the city will still provide an opportunity to salute the stars and stripes. On Sunday, June 14, Quincy Fire Department ladder trucks will raise Quincy’s 30-by-50-foot American flag over Merrymount Parkway near Veterans Memorial Park and families are encouraged to decorate their cars, trucks and bikes and drive or ride under the flag while it’s on display from 1-3 p.m.

Long may the flag of United States of American wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave! God Bless America

Jimmy L. Green

Brigadier General

Commander, CLHMC