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Need I remind everyone that today is National Flag Day? 


Fly it High, Fly it Proud!!



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My Father in the "Healing Field"; June 2005 (always held Flag Day Weekend)



 


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The History Of Flag Day
Courtesy of 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. Bernard J Cigrand, a 19 year old schoolteacher at Stoneyhill School, 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'.


On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.


Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day', and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.


Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.


In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.


Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."


Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.




 


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I always fly the flag.


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I always fly the flag.


Doc



I do too, Doc. I also have a Flag from The Healing Field, which I fly on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day. I plan to acquire more of them during the next Healing Field (they have backed it down to once every few years).



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Thank you for this excellent post Tim!

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Got my flag a-flutterin'....


Hey, that eagle is kind neat. Mind if I use it ...?


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Thank you,  36TR, I never knew that about Flag Day!  I usually have mine flying 24/7, lit at night by a bright blue porch light. 


Brighteyes63, I snagged your picture too, I love it!


Long may she wave


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Since I put my "Healing Field Flag" out today, I installed a Solar Flood Light on it for tonite. Pitch black out and its lit up very nicely!!!


Happy Flag Day!!!



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TheSarge says ...



Got my flag a-flutterin'....


Hey, that eagle is kind neat. Mind if I use it ...?



Of course you can...I thought it looked pretty awesome!

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Mine flys high and proud 24/7 lighted and wafting in pride.  Just a side note for those of us that served in the US. Army, our Army turned 238 years of age with 187 battle streamers upon our flag this week...


 


Keep our men and women of all branches serving around the world in your prayers...

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Nice post Tim! 


Bright, love the Proud Eagle Image.  Beautiful.


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 Thanks for the wonderfully informative post,s Tim. I love history, and these posts on the flag made my day.