Flag Day

Big Fenway flag

Big Fenway flag, by Mark Sardella via Flickr

The following resolution was adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777:

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.

It is this resolution that is celebrated as Flag Day. Celebrations of the event began in the late nineteenth century, with the 1889 school program of George Balch, who ran a kindergarten for poor children in New York City, generally cited as the first such event. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that June 14 should be observed as Flag Day. In a 1917 speech, President Wilson said:

We celebrate the day of the flag’s birth, and from its birth until now it has witnessed great history, has floated on high, the symbol of great events, of a great plan of life, worked out by a great people.

Celebrating Flag Day

Flag Day Book List

Articles about Flag Day

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