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June 14th is Flag Day - This day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

Here are several Flag Fun Facts:

  1. Flag Day was founded by a school teacher named Bernard J. Cigrand, who began observing the day with his class at Stony Hill School in Waubeka, Wisconsin.

  2. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing June 14th as Flag Day.

  3. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

  4. The 1777 resolution did not set the size or proportions of the flag, or even what shape the constellation of stars should be. So there are flags that showed the constellation of stars in different arrangements, and flags were made with differing proportions. In 1912 the flag’s design was made standardized.

  5. A new star is added with every new state. The number of stars increased to 15 in 1795, 20 by 1818, and continued until we have the current number of stars.

  6. The 50th star was added with the inclusion of the state of Hawaii to the Union in 1959.

  7. There are certain rules of etiquette that should be followed when handling, presenting, or displaying the US Flag.

  8. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.

  9. The custom is to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night—if illuminated—to produce a patriotic effect.

  10. When the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified and ceremonious fashion, preferably by burning.

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