I intended to post a link to a site providing the history of Flag Day in the United States. While looking for a clear and easily readable version, but I discovered several discrepancies in details among the ones I found. I even found what could be considered contradictions within the same article.
So here is a summary:
- The Continental Congress proposed that we adopt a national flag on June 14, 1777.
- On June 14, 1877 the flag was flown from every public building as a celebration of the centennial of the national flag.
- In ensuing years, several states declared June 14 to be Flag Day, and the regular flying of the flag at public buildings and schools became more common.
- The design of the national flag was standardized in 1912.
- The thirteen strips stand for the thirteen original states, the fifty stars for the current states.
- This quote is often attributed to George Washington: We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separate it by white in stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her...
- Flag Day was officially proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and by an Act of congress in 1949.
- Each year a presidential proclamation encourages the citizens to fly the flag during Flag Week--the week of June 14.