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History of the American Flag

Wednesday, June 13, 2018   /   by Mercedes Martin

History of the American Flag


  • Flag day said to have originated in 1885 by BJ Cingrand. He was a school teacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin

  • He arranged for his students and staff to observe June 14th as the American Flag's Birthday

  • You would think that would be July 4th, but that day is America's birthday, not the American Flag!

  • June 14, 1889 - George Balch, kindergarten teacher in New York City, arranged for the children of his school to celebrate this day as "Flag Day" (the shortened version of Flag Birthday)

  • The State Board of Education adopted this in New York City

  • 1891 - Betsy Ross held Flag Day celebration

  • Dr. Edward Brooks, Superintendent of Philadelphia Public Schools instructed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square

  • The kids were assembled, each with a flag, singing patriotic songs

  • 1894 - Governor of New York demanded that on June 14th flags must be displayed on all public buildings



For the full article visit: http://www.usflag.org

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