Celebrating Flag Day

June 6, 2018

Valley Forge Cotton USA Flag Kit

Flag Day is celebrated in America on June 14th to commemorate the day the first flag resolution was passed. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a flag resolution stating:

Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.

The first national observance of Flag Day was on June 14, 1877; 100 years after the flag resolution was adopted by the Continental Congress.

So, who came up with the idea of Flag Day? In the late 19th century, schoolteachers all over the United States began steering patriotic ceremonies commemorating Flag Day as a way to teach children about history. One such schoolteacher was Bernard J. Cigrand, who is often referred to as the “Father of Flag Day.” He lobbied Congress for many years for Flag Day to be officially observed.

Other patriotic groups, including the Colonial Dames and the Sons of the American Revolution, also spent years trying to convince Congress to make Flag Day official.

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation stating that June 14 shall be National Flag Day in May of 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after President Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949 that it was made official by President Truman, who signed an Act of Congress to designate June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

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American Flags for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day

May 21, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United States Flag Store is your one-stop shop for American flags to help you and your family celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day. The United States Flag Store is the largest online vendor of flags and flagpoles and offers top-quality flags at unbeatable prices. Read on for details about some of our fantastic American flags.

The Koralex II American Flags made by Valley Forge are some of the best American flags available. Koralex II gives American flags the traditional look of coarse cotton, but, unlike cotton flags, they are fade and fray resistant. Like all Valley Forge flags, the Koralex II American Flags are 100% U.S. made. Designed for outdoor use, these flags have nylon or canvas headings, brass grommets, and the larger flags have reinforced headings with thimble or D ring ends. These great flags are available as small as 3 feet by 5 feet for only $24.70 or as large as 20 feet by 38 feet for $808.55.

If you’re looking for value, a nylon flag from the United States Flag Store offers you a savings of 15% or more when compared to equivalent nylon flags from competitor companies. All nylon flags from the United States Flag Store are 100% U.S. made and reflect top-notch quality standards. Flags sizes range from 16 inches by 24 inches to 12 feet by 18 feet. Discounts are available for ordering in quantities of two or more.

Pleated fans are a beautiful to show your patriotic spirit in your windows and doorways. The pleated fans available at the United States Flag Store feature canvas headings and brass grommets for durability and easy hanging. The pleated fans from the United States Flag Store are made from durable and thick 600-denier polyester and they feature sewn stripes and appliquéd stars on both sides. You won’t find the “pleated effect” fans sold by competitors at the United States Flag Store, either: these fan feature generous pleats that look beautiful and elegant when displayed inside or out.

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United States National Flag Day

June 23, 2010

Flag Days exist all around the world, but the United States Flag Day commemorates Congress’s adoption of the 13-stripe, 13-star, red, white, and blue flag on June 14, 1777. The United States Flag Day’s beginnings date back to 1885, when nineteen-year old school teacher Bernard J. Cigrand placed an American flag on his desk and asked his students to write essays about the significance of the Stars and Stripes flag. Cigrand quickly became devoted to spreading the observance of the United States Flag Day nationwide. Finally, on May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson called for national observance of Flag Day. Flag Day became official when President Truman signed an Act of Congress in 1949 that designated National Flag Day as June 14 of each year.

Although Cigrand is often credited with the creation of the United States Flag Day, other people have also contributed to its existence. In 1861, four years before Cigrand’s classroom Flag Day, the book Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History credited George Morris of Hartford, Connecticut with suggesting the idea for a Flag Day. Hartford, Connecticut actually observed the suggested Flag Day in 1861 as a day for praying for the U.S. Army and the Government.

In 1888, Collier Township, Pennsylvania resident William T. Kerr founded and became the national chairman of the American Flag Day Association of Western Pennsylvania. Kerr led the organization for fifty years and attended President Truman’s signing of the official Flag Day Act in 1949.

In 1889, George Bolch celebrated Flag Day when he was the principal of a free kindergarten. Instead of recognizing Cigrand’s hometown of Waubeka, Wisconsin, as the official birthplace of the United States Flag Day, some recognize Philadelphia as Flag Day’s original city. In 1893, Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, President of the Colonial Dames of Philadelphia, tried to mandate the that all public buildings in Philadelphia fly the American Flag. Pennsylvania became the first state to make Flag Day official when they declared it a legal holiday in 1937.

Flag Day, although not a legal holiday, is celebrated across the country to varying degrees. Government buildings fly the flag at full mast and many towns organize parades, ceremonial flag raisings, and group recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner.