For most people, Flag Day is just another national holiday in between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. But Joan Bertz and her family have always treated it as a family reunion.
Joan's great grand-uncle is the founder of Flag Day.
Bernard Cigrand was a history teacher in a one-room school in Waubeka, Wisconsin in 1885.
On June 14, he put a flag in a bottle on his desk and made his graduating students write a paper on the importance of the flag.
He tried for all his life to see June 14 become Flag Day. It became a national holiday in 1916.
Joan is proud of the flag and her personal connection to its holiday.
Every year Joan and her husband travel to Waubeka from their home in Loyal, WI for the parade and party celebrating her ancestors creation.
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History of Flag Day
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation declaring that June 14 be celebrated as the official Flag Day.
Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the red, white and blue in front of homes and businesses. The day commemorates the adoption of the stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States.
According to American legend, in June 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.
"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," he said.
The American flag, in the form now familiar to us, was first flown over the Capitol on April 12, 1818. There have been 27 versions of the flag over the years; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the fiftieth state.
Source: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/pages/jb_0614_birth_1.html (Library of Congress).
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