Cel­e­brate Flag Day

The Republican Herald - - OPINION -

As Amer­ica ob­serves Flag Day to­day, may every heart beat true for the red, white and blue.

Just how did Flag Day come to be? Ac­cord­ing to the web­site www.us­flag.org, it is said that it be­gan in 1885 with a school­teacher named BJ Ci­grand. The teacher ar­ranged for stu­dents to ob­serve June 14 as “flag birth­day” — at the time, it was the 108th an­niver­sary of the of­fi­cial adop­tion of The Stars and Stripes. While cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued through the years, Flag Day be­came an of­fi­cial hol­i­day on Aug. 3, 1949, when Pres­i­dent Harry S Tru­man signed an Act of Congress declar­ing June 14 as Na­tional Flag Day, ac­cord­ing to the web­site.

Some groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions hold Flag Day cel­e­bra­tions. To­day, the Ma­hanoy City Elks will present a Flag Day pro­gram at 6 p.m. at its head­quar­ters.

Un­able to at­tend a cel­e­bra­tion? Show your pride for the stars and stripes by sim­ply hang­ing your own Amer­i­can flag. May she for­ever wave.

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