Thursday, June 14, 2012

What is Flag Day?

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I was speaking with a co-worker and mentioned that today is Flag Day.  That got me thinking, what exactly is flag day?  Can you display any flag you choose?  Do you have to display only the American flag?  This is quite depressing that I cannot fully explain flag day.  I suppose it is a bonus that I am not a home schooling parent, this would be a major fail!

According to usflag.org, "The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'." 

In my opinion, it is weird that we have a day dedicated to the flag... So, go forth and celebrate?!

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