Flag Day is celebrated in the United States of America yearly on June 14. Naturally, Americans love and honor this day very much.
On this day Americans decorate their houses with flags to show their patriotism. There was a special splash of patriotism after sadly remembered events on September 11, 2001.
Stars and Stripes were the subjects to the approval by Continental Congress in the year 1777 at the height of fighting for independence. The idea to celebrate this day yearly, in all probability, traces its roots in 1885. It happened when Sigrand, a schoolteacher, organized it in a regular school of Wisconsin so it was celebrated on June 14 as a flag`s birthday. In the following years, in numerous journals, newspapers, private letters, Sigrand continued with enthusiasm to propagandize celebration of June 14 as a birthday of the flag.
George Balch, a junior schoolteacher of New York, organized a nice ceremony on June 14, 1889, for children of the school and his idea of the celebration of accepted by the Educational government of New York State.
Following an advice of Lieutenant G. Granville Leach Society of Colonial Communities of America in Pennsylvania adopted a decision to ask Pennsylvanian mayor and other authoritative citizenships to celebrate the day of the flag on June 14. Leach was the one who suggested to celebrate this day as a flag`s day. Schoolchildren were gathered together on this day for certain classes and every kid was given a little flag.
Two weeks later, on May 8, Department of Society Management and Sons of the Revolution in Pennsylvania, by a solid vote cheered moves of Society of Colonial Communities of America in Pennsylvania. As a result, Edward Brooks, the Head of Public Schools back then, gave orders to do performances dedicated to Flag`s Day on June 14, 1893, at Independence square. Each school kid was holding a little flag, sang patriotic songs, and made speeches.
The governor of New York gave an order about the celebration of Flag Day to be reflected on municipal buildings. It was the time when flags were put on the houses in order to show patriotism. In collaboration with Sigrand and Lera Van Horn, as the main inspiration, an organization was founded in Illinois with the aim of agitation and organization of the holiday known as Flag Day Association. On June 14, 1894, under the protection of this organization the flag day was celebrated for the first time in the majority of public schools in Chicago State: in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln and Washington Parks involving more than 300 thousands of children.
Adults were taking part in patriotic programs just as well. Franklin K. Lane, the minister of the district, made a speech dedicated to Flag Day in the year 1914 where he said about the flag as if it was speaking itself that it was just the way it was made swinging in front of your eyes like a vivid gleam of light being a symbol of all of you.
In connection with these three decades of celebration in the states and certain corners of the country, anniversary adopted in 1777 was officially claimed in 1916 by the President Woodrow Wilson as Flag Day. After that, Flag Day was celebrated over the course of many years in different societies. Later on, the President Truman signed up an Act of Congress on August 3, 1949. It was confirmed on June 14 as National Flag day.
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