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Flag Day 2021 Why is June 14 Flag Day? Stars and Stripes history

Flag Day 2021  Why is June 14 Flag Day? Stars and Stripes history

Flag Day 2021 Why is June 14 Flag Day? Stars and Stripes history

Is Flag Day a federal holiday? Here's how it started and what it means Mon, 14 Jun 2021 04:00:00 -0700-In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation for the national observance of Flag Day on the 14th of June. President Harry Truman made the holiday …

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Flag Day 2021: Why is June 14 Flag Day? Stars and Stripes history, flag etiquette

June 14, 2021

Today, June 14, is Flag Day, a time set aside to honor the Stars and Stripes and the role the flag has played in American history.

The date of the commemoration is significant. June 14 is observed as Flag Day each year because, on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes for the flag of the U.S. The first national observance of the day took place on June 14, 1877, 100 years after the original resolution.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation for the national observance of Flag Day on the 14th of June. President Harry Truman made the holiday permanent in 1949.

Flag history

The Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia adopted a resolution on June 14, 1777, declaring:

“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”

The most well-known flag maker in Colonial America was Betsy Ross, though the federal history of the banner cites that it was made by others as well.

The American flag changed to add more stars as more states joined the union. The final stars added were the 49th with Alaska in 1959 and Hawaii as the 50th star in 1960. Ultimately, however, it was decided to leave 13 stripes to represent the 13 original colonies.

The flag with 50 stars was raised for the first time at 12:01 a.m. on July 4, 1960 at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, Maryland.

Flag etiquette, tips

  • A flag should not be stored wet which can cause permanent creases.
  • If a flagpole is 40 feet, the flag dimensions should be 6 by 10 feet.
  • The flag shouldn’t be flown in inclement weather unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • Flags displayed at night should be properly illuminated.
  • In a time of national mourning, hand the flag at half-staff.
  • The flag should not touch anything below it or rest on the ground.
  • If a flag is damaged or worn out, it should be disposed of with dignity.

You can see more on care and display of the American flag here.


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Flag Day 2021: Why is June 14 Flag Day? Stars and Stripes history … Mon, 14 Jun 2021 04:00:00 -0700-June 14 marks the day, 244 years ago, when Congress commemorated Betsy Ross' creation of the Stars & Stripes as our national flag.

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Is Flag Day a federal holiday? Here’s how it started and what it means

June 14, 2021

Stuck between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, Flag Day often gets overlooked

Perhaps not completely ignored, but Flag Day isn't celebrated as much as other holidays associated with our nation's beginnings.

The holiday was established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916 but failed to be recognized as a federal holiday when it was not included in the 1968 Uniform Holiday Act.

Legislation signed by former President Harry Truman in 1949 proclaimed Flag Day as a national holiday, but it never made the federal list. 

Last week, President Joe Biden declared June 13, 2021 the start of National Flag Week and directed officials to display the flag on all federal government building this week.  

When is Flag Day 2021?

Flag Day is on June 14 every year. In 2021, Flag Day is on Monday.

What is the meaning of Flag Day?

It is the day, 244 years ago, when Congress commemorated Betsy Ross' creation of the Stars & Stripes as our national flag.

The flag has looked different throughout those years, of course, 27 variations, actually, as America grew through the colonies to the 50 states represented in the white stars today.

Need an American flag replaced?:This Comcast worker has helped replace over 400 tattered American flags

Is Flag Day a federal holiday?

No. Flag Day is not considered to be a federal holiday, but Pennsylvania is the only state that recognizes it as a legal holiday.

New York recognizes the second Sunday of June as Flag Day.

Is mail delivered on Flag Day?

Yes. Since Flag Day is not a federal holiday, mail should be received just like any other day.

Are banks, schools open on Flag Day?

Yes. Much like the mail, students who are still in school should still have class and banks should be operating like any other day since Flag Day is not a federal holiday.

Other Flag Day facts and history

Other interesting facts about the American Flag can be found at the National Flag Foundation website, including:

  • The Red, White and Blue: Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
  • Today's design: A 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio, submitted the design in a contest in 1958, chosen from more than 1,500 submissions by President Dwight Eisenhower.
  • To the moon: Several flags have made the trip to the moon, not just the one placed by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Additional Apollo missions, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17, also featured an astronaut placing a flag on the moon.

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Contributing: Asha Gilbert, USA TODAY


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