Today is June 14, 2022. It’s Flag Day. It’s the annual holiday that celebrates the symbolism and history behind the American flag each year.
The Continental Congress introduced the American flag in the middle of the Revolutionary War at a time when each colony or special interest had its own flag.
The Declaration of Independence made the introduction of a universal American flag necessary.
Congress made a resolution on June 14, 1777, outlining the purpose for a united American flag for the 13 colonies: “The flag of the United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white on a blue field …”
In 1885, a schoolteacher by the name of Bernard J. Cigrand encouraged his students to reflect on the symbolism behind the American flag.
Eventually, he came up with a proposal to establish an annual observance for the nation’s flag and penned an article called the “Fourteenth of June” in the Chicago Argus newspaper. To this day, he is regarded as the “Father of Flag Day.”
Since then, there have been 27 different versions of the American flag, and stars have been added as states joined the Union.
The flag in its current state dates back to July 4, 1960 when Hawaii was officially recognized as the 50th state on the American flag.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established a national Flag Day on June 14.
President Harry Truman signed legislation in 1949 proclaiming Flag Day as a national holiday, although it was never considered an official federal holiday.
Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the red, white, and blue flags with 50 stars and 13 stripes in front of homes and businesses.
Some towns and cities hold parades and other events to celebrate the flag, and the American flag is flown at all government buildings.
Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, but its observance is proclaimed every year by the president of the United States.
*Credit to Katherine Rodriguez and NJ.com
My final thought for the day…
The sky is just like life. Some clouds are fun to look at as our imagination creates figures out of the clouds. Others are menacing and even scream at us at times. Sometimes there’s the calm before the storm. Other times the combination of fascinating colors depicts the end of the day and thought of the new day ahead. But what I find most exciting is when clouds part and we see some light, some blue skies ahead… creating hope things will turn out okay. At times they may be dark for days but if we just wait for it, blue skies are always ahead!
Have a great day. Make it happen. Make it count!