Hanscom Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > Flag Day to be celebrated June 14
Flag Day to be celebrated June 14

Posted 6/11/2010   Updated 6/11/2010 Email story   Print story

    


by Karen Guendel
66th Air Base Wing Public Affairs


6/11/2010 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- This year's Flag Day celebrates the 233rd anniversary of the adoption of the United States flag. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Act, which reads, in its entirety, "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

According to www.usflag.org, Flag Day is believed to have begun in 1885, when B.J. Cigrand, a public school teacher in Fredonia, Wis., and his students observed June 14 as Flag Birthday.

Although Flag Day is not a federal holiday, it was established by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson in1916. In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed an act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

One of the longest running Flag Day parades is held annually in Quincy, Mass. For information about this year's parade, to be held Saturday, June 12, visit the City of Quincy website at www.quincyma.gov.

Here are some fun facts from www.usflag.org:
  • Betsy Ross told her grandson, William J. Canby, that she sewed the first American flag in 1776. Because there is no documentation of the creation of the first flag, many historians doubt that her story is true.
  • The Flag Act of 1818 stipulated that each state be represented by a star and that any new stars be added on Independence Day.
  • Since the Flag Act of 1777, there have been 27 different national flags. The current flag was adopted on July 4, 1960 when the 50th star was added to represent Hawaii.
  • In 1892, Boston's "The Youth's Companion" magazine published the first version of the Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy, for school children to recite in honor of Columbus Day.
  • U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 10 dictates that "The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day."
  • The study of flags is called "vexillology."



tabComments
No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Hanscom AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabMission NewsRSS feed 
Hanscom PEOs lauded for small business practices

COMACC meets with Hanscom acquisition members, industry

Theater Battle Control Division Industry Day highlights new contract approach, MCS first delivery order

Critical force-protection system completed ahead of time, under budget

Summer Focus Week offerings, still time to register

Hanscom's cyber initiatives

MPS Increment IV reaches full deployment

Radar site beefs up security, showcases latest upgrade to battle management PEO

tabHanscom NewsRSS feed 
VA transition programs offered

Turner and Tsongas visit Hanscom

PII protection, it matters

Hanscom Air Force Base to hold exercise to evaluate readiness

Comprehensive Airman Fitness: A Lifestyle and culture

The Judge Advocate General's Corps announces law school programs

Women's Equality Day forum scheduled

Changes to academic degree and developmental education expectations

Career intermission accessible to officers, enlisted

tabNews Briefs and HappeningsRSS feed 
Upcoming events

News in Brief

School Notes

tabCommentaryRSS feed 
Developing strong connections key

How to protect your home while traveling

tabPhoto FeatureRSS feed 
Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Aug. 20

tabFeaturesRSS feed 
Family's love of music drives win at AF competition

Hanscom CGO answers the call


Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act