Flying the flag with pride

By Emalee Pool

Flag Day marks the adoption of the United States flag design on June 14, 1777. The adoption came by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Flag Day is a day to celebrate and recognize the pride of the country’s 13 versions of the flag.

In 1916, former President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation which established national Flag Day. The Congress had approved legislation making June 14 of every year Flag Day. The holiday had not been signed into law until 1949 when approved by Congress.

For this holiday, many hold essay contests, parades, picnics and even ceremonies to show their appreciation. There are groups such as the National Flag Day Foundation that make it a goal to keep the traditions, pride, respect and history of the flag alive. Flag Day was created as an annual holiday to look back on the history of the American flag and what it symbolizes.

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