Flag Day Celebrated

Flag Day originated in 1885 when a schoolteacher came up with the idea to honor the Stars and Stripes.

Then in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson loaned his support to the idea.

But it was President Harry Truman who made it official in 1949 when he signed an act of Congress designating June 14 as national Flag Day.

Beverly Healthcare in Meridian marked this special day with a flag dedication ceremony. Other businesses and residents had the flag prominently displayed.

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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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