Flag Day, a Day to Commemorate Old Glory

Today is Flag Day in the US, a day to commemorate the adoption of our flag. The Continental Congress passed a resolution on June 14, 1777, as to what our US flag’s design should look like, with thirteen alternating red and white stripes and thirteen white stars on a field of blue, but it took more than a century for the observance of the flag adoption to take place, according to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

In fact, over the next 170+ years, several individuals and organizations fought hard for the day to be officially recognized by Congress but were unsuccessful. That didn’t stop Americans from holding local Flag Day celebrations around the country. Finally, on August 3, 1949, Congress approved the national observance of Flag Day, and President Truman signed it into law. (It isn’t a federal holiday, so wasn’t included in the 1968 Uniform Holiday Act.)

 Licensed under   Creative Commons , Copyright: 2009 Joshua Nathanson

Licensed under  Creative Commons, Copyright: 2009 Joshua Nathanson

As Californians, you might be interested to know that June 14 is also the date of the annual anniversary of the "Bear Flag Revolt" in California. In case your fourth grade social studies curriculum is a bit fuzzy, that’s when, on June 14, 1846, a group of men declared the Bear Flag Republic as an independent nation, and raised the bear flag, which is still our state flag here in California. So, you might see some homes flying both the US and California flag today.

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