Monday, June 14, 2010

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day (it is also my brother's birthday!). My project today, in celebration of Flag Day, features the Waving Flag (#16112) stamp by QKR Stampede which is represented by two cards. Two different card layouts using the same stamp image.

Here, also, is a brief little history about Flag Day. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States by resolution of the Second Continental Congress, which happened on June 14, 1777. As far back as 1861, several individuals and organizations played crucial roles in establishing a national Flag Day celebration. The first official observance of Flag Day occurred in 1885 at the Stony Hill School in Waubeka, Wisconsin, and was lead by 19-year-old grade school teacher Bernard J. Cigrand, who is credited with being the "Father of Flag Day". Mr. Cigrand gave 2,188 speeches about the flag and patriotism and wrote hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles advocating the recognition of the adoption of the nation's flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day, and in August, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. The National Flag Day Foundation, based in Waubeka, Wisconsin, holds an annual observance for Flag Day on the second Sunday in June with a ceremonial raising of the flag, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the Star Spangled Banner, a parade, and other activities. I hope you enjoyed these fun facts about Flag Day. To be honest, I didn't know that much about Flag Day, except that it was also my brother's birthday, until I did a little research. Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with us today. Have a great day!!

1 comment:

  1. Great cards! Great history lesson! your posts always have that something extra Carol!!! I truly enjoy reading each one!!