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June 17, 2014

Flags were out Saturday for Flag Day

Ada — Some folks thought perhaps the Stars and Stripes were flying in downtown Ada this weekend for Father's Day Sunday but it was in celebration of Flag Day on June 14.

The annual day specifically celebrating the flag is believed to have originated in 1885. 

Inspired by the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, a teacher in Wisconsin  arranged for his students to observe June 14 as Flag Birthday in 1885 to commemorate the day of the official adoption of United States flag.

The idea caught on and other schools adopted the idea.

Following a suggestion by Colonel J. Granville Leach, who was then historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, Philadelphia adopted a resolution in 1893 designating June 14 as Flag Day. 

Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane gave a Flag Day address in 1914 and repeated the words he said the flag spoke to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."

President Woodrow Wilson officially established Flag Day on May 30, 1916. 

Finally, on August 3, 1949, President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. 

 

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