June 14 is a special day for the American people because it marks the celebration of the Flag Day. It signifies unity and freedom for them wherein they recognize the Divine Creator as its head. Based on history, the 4th of July was set as its annual celebration that also served as America’s Independence Day, which has been celebrated annually since 1885. With the continuous efforts of various people who have influenced the final declaration of the Flag Day not just in specific cities, states, and localities in the United States, but the entirety of the country, on August 3, 1949, under the Leadership of President Truman, the National Flag Day has been declared and approved to be held every June 14, which was included on the Act of Congress. There are other details that we should know about this day, which have not been highlighted on the day of the celebration.
10. A School Teacher’s Efforts
The first observance of Flag Day was held at Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, through the active efforts of a school teacher named BJ Cigrand, who has initiated to celebrate Flag Day on June 14 since the Star and Stripes 108th Anniversary is being held on that same day. In fact, it was called as Flag Birthday.
9. Another Kindergarten Teacher
Another teacher from New York City who also shares the same advocacy with BJ Cigrand did plan to have a celebration with her kindergarten students on June 14, 1889. Her name was George Batch who has made an influence to the adaptation and observance of this date through the State Board of Education in the city.
8. First Observance in Philadelphia
The observance made in New York City has also influenced the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia that later followed the celebration of Flag Day on June 14, 1891.
7. June 14, 1892
The celebration continued to influence other states and cities wherein on June 14, 1892, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution also recognized the essence of this date wherein they also heralded this date as Flag Day.
6. The Resolution for the Flag Display
A flag day is being celebrated by kids and all other authorities and citizens while holding a small flag through the recommendation given by Colonel J. Granville Leach, who was also a historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, which is better known as the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America. All these things took place in April 25, 1893, which became a resolution adopted to have an official display of the Flag on June 14.
5. Flag Day Exercises
The Flag Day exercises was officially held on June 14, 1893 after the resolution given by Colonel Leach was approved. It was the beginning of the Flag Day exercises wherein children hold a flag while they were singing a patriotic song.
4. Flag Displays in New York
On June 14, 1894, a Flag display begun in New York City, specifically in all public buildings which were a mandate given by the governor of that city. That same day, the American Flag Day Association was formed led by Leroy Van Horn and BJ Cigrand and the General Public School Flag Day Celebration was held wherein over 300,000 children attended the event.
3. Patriotic Programs
In 1914, patriotic programs were observed. In lieu with that celebration, the Secretary of Interior Government during that time, Franklin K. Lane, recited repeatedly these words “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.” on June 14, 1914 when he gave his talk before the public.
2. Anniversary of Flag Resolution of 1777
On May 30 1916, this day was officially approved and announced in localities and states for observance and celebration of the Flag Day, which was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson. Moreover, the Flag Day celebration has been observed by other countries as well after its official declaration.
1. Official Declaration of Flag Day in the United States
Under the leadership of President Truman, he signed an Act of Congress on August 03, 1949, officially designating and declaring that June 14 would be the National Flag Day that must be observed by the citizens of the United States.