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History of Flag Day

The “Stars and Stripes”, the official National symbol of the United States of America was authorized by Congress on Saturday June 14, 1777 in the fifth item of the day's agenda.

The entry in the journal of the Continental Congress 1774-1789 Vol. Vlll 1777 reads, “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be Thirteen stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

In Waubeka, Wisconsin, in 1885 Bernard John Cigrand, a 19-year-old school teacher in a one room school placed a 10” 38 star flag in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them. He called June 14th the flag’s birthday.

Stony Hill School is now a historical site. From that day on Bernard J. Cigrand dedicated himself to inspire not only his students but also all Americans in the real meaning and majesty of our flag.

All information courtesy of The National Flag Day Foundation.


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