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2018-06-13 / Front Page

Why Do We Observe Flag Day?

June 14 commemorates the adoption of the United States Flag, which happened June 14, 1777 with a resolution by the Second Continental Congress.

The first observance was in 1877, the one-hundredth birthday of the American Flag.

In 1885 a schoolteacher in Wisconsin organized a group of children to observe June 14 as the 108th birthday of the flag.

B.J. Cigrand became known as the “Father of Flag Day.” He continued to advocate June 14 as a day to honor the flag.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has observed Flag Day since the early beginnings of the organization.

The BPOE Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day. In 1911, the Grand Lodge adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every lodge, which still is a requirement.

In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation creating Flag Day. It wasn’t until August of 1949 that an Act of Congress established National Flag Day, although it was not declared a federal holiday. Pennsylvania became the first State to declare Flag Day a state holiday in 1937. Today many communities across the nation commemorate Flag Day with parades, essay contests and ceremonies.

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