What Is Flag Day?

Flag Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Stars & Stripes as the official banner of the United States of America. The President is suppose to declare on Sunday “Flag Week” to lead up to Friday. Every government building that does not ordinarily fly the flag are required to do it all week long to encourage businesses and churches to do the same.

It was announced as a ‘Flag Resolution’ by the Second Continental Congress June 14, 1777 which stated:

“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.”

The earliest note for it to become an official holiday came from George Morris of Kansas who wrote to a relative, “To Victor Morris of Hartford, Conn., is popularly given the credit of suggesting “Flag Day,” the occasion being in honor of the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777. The city of Hartford observed the day in 1861, carrying out a program of a patriotic order, praying for the success of the Federal arms and the preservation of the Union.”

It would become an official United States observance in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson and while it is not considered a federal holiday, the President can determine if the nation will observe it.

The US flag represents freedom. It always has and always will.

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