Flag Day Facts

By: Ali Ingersoll Email
By: Ali Ingersoll Email

June 14th is the national observance day for the American flag.

We celebrate it on this day because on June 14, 1777, Congress authorized the "stars and stripes" as the official national symbol.

There are many stories about where Flag Day originated and one of them is from Wisconsin.

In 1885, in an area called Waubeka, which is actually in the Town of Fredonia, a 19-year-old school teacher asked his students to write essays on what the flag means to them. He told the students that June 14th is the flag's birthday. Ever since then, the teacher dedicated himself to inspiring not only his students but all Americans to find out about the real meaning of the flag. There schoolhouse where it all began, Stony Hill School, is a now a historical site.

Although celebrations of the flag started as early as the 1860's, it was not until 1949 when Congress approved June 14th as the national observance day.

We all know what the flag looks like today but the in earlier times in America, the flag did not look the same. The flag we know today reported came about when Betsy Ross sewed it in 1776. That flag was the first to have the red and white stripes, white stars and blue block where the stars laid.

Each of those colors were selected to represent something different. Red for valor and bravery; white for purity and innocence; and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice. Betsy Ross' flag had 13 stars in a circle for the 13 original colonies.

The first flag to fly in America though was called the "Liberty Tree" flag. It had a green pine tree sitting on a white background with the phrase, "An Appeal To Heaven" on it. The flag did not receive support from all the colonies though and was replaced. The United States had 5 different flags between the "Liberty Tree" flag and Betsy Ross' flag.

Fly the flag high at full staff every June 14th and enjoy Flag Day.

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