Thoughts Flag Day

[Sorry, late in posting this]
Just Gene
June 14 is celebrated as Flag Day because it’s the anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes as America’s flag on June 14, 1777.  This was believed to have been the first Flag Day according to the National Flag Day Foundation, based in Wisconsin.  It all started when BJ Cigrand – a Wisconsin public school teacher – organized a day for his students to celebrate June 14 as the flag’s birthday.  The idea spread through the public schools and was soon adopted by the state board of education in New York.  Two years later the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held its Flag Day Celebration and the following year the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution held theirs. In 1916 Flag Day became a more nationally recognized event.  President Woodrow Wilson established the day with a proclamation on May 30, 1916, according to According to the day became official when President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress on Aug. 3, 1949 declaring June 14 of each year as Flag Day.  It requested that the president issue a proclamation each year in observance of the day and called for the display of the flag on all federal buildings.
Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette.  The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is generally referred to as the Flag Code.  Here are the general guidelines from the Flag Code.
The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
The flag should be flown in fair weather unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing.  It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
The flag should not be used for any decoration in general.  Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposed.  The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose.  It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.  Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen and members of patriotic organizations.
The flag should never have any mark, insignia , letter, word, number, figure or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.
The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered no part of it should touch the ground or any other object.  It should be received by waiting hands and arms to store the flag.  It should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

4 comments on “Thoughts Flag Day

  1. bullright says:

    White House puts out a picture:

    So they show it from the back with him in it.


  2. clyde says:

    Good post, Gene. Thanks. That picture with him behind the Flag is just a further reminder of the Kabuki theater that represents this bunch.


  3. Davetherave says:

    Excellent post JG! I’m kind of a history nut, but for some reason never attained all the history of our flag as you wrote it so well. Thanks JG. Our flag deserves the up most respect and you did a great job doing so with this article.



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