Flag Day Trivia You Probably Don’t Know
Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, Star-Spangled Banner — these are just some names we call the American Flag. This coming June 14th marks 134 years of celebrating Flag Day. Ever wondered why we even celebrated it?
Bernard Cigrand started the commemoration of the flag. On June 14, 1885, he led the holiday’s first formal observance at Stony Hill School in Waubeka, Wisconsin. Throughout his life, he gave speeches, wrote articles, and led civic organizations such as the American Flag Day Association and National Flag Day Society to advocate for the flag’s reverence. Over 30 years later, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established June 14th as Flag Day.
But, how did the flag come to be? During the American War, the colonists weren’t fighting for independence under a single flag. Instead, most troops attacked the British under their own flags. Fighting for their own colonies caused disorganization, low spirit, and infighting. They needed to have a united front.
On June 1755, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed the Continental Army. This army was a force composed of troops from the 13 colonies — Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Providence Plantations. They formed it with the hopes of a well-coordinated battle against the British.
On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution stating, “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” This became a new symbol of freedom and nationhood.
Today, the flag now has 50 stars symbolizing the current 50 states. Like our flag, our nation has endured growth. It’s been over 200 years since the American Revolution and we are still experiencing the freedom our forefathers have fought for. Celebrate the symbol of our independence on Flag Day in any way you can. Share photos and let us know in the comments below!