by David Cardillo, DDNP staff
We meet to celebrate flag day because this flag which we honor and under which we serve is the emblem of our unit, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation.
The Middletown Transcript of June 23, 1917 reported these words of President Wilson in his speech on Flag Day, June 14, at a time when America was involved in World War I, then known as The Great War.
The stars and stripes were adopted as the United States of America’s flag on June 14, 1777. However, according to USflag.org, it wasn’t until 108 years later in 1885 when a schoolteacher encouraged his students to celebrate the flag’s “birthday.” As time went on, celebrations became more elaborate and the holiday became more celebrated. While flag day was referenced as far back as the late 1800s, and even in the aforementioned address by President Wilson in 1917, flag day was not officially recognized until August 3, 1949 – a few years after the end of World War II – when President Truman signed an Act of Congress which designated June 14 as National Flag Day.
External source: USFlag.org