The Flag of the United States was officially adopted on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. But not until 1885 did a school teacher in Wisconsin arrange for his pupils to observe that date as "Flag Birthday."
The observance garnered a great deal of attention across the country, and several patriotic groups began celebrating Flag Day as well as encouraging schools and children to hold Flag Day exercises. Patriotic programs became popular across the United States.
Inspired by these state and local celebrations, Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. But it was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
During National Flag Week, all U.S. citizens are urged to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. This year the observance is June 8-14, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation's freedom. The Flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country's ideals since its early days.
It is a wonderful and patriotic day. As part of National Flag Week, the Prairie Chapter NSDAR is encouraging everyone to fly an American Flag to honor our heritage.
Mary Dobson is the historian for the Prairie Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She lives in Raymore.
Flag Day events
Lee’s Summit will sponsor a flag-raising ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday outside City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St.
A “Salute to Veterans” will take place Saturday at the National Airline History Museum, 201 N.W. Lou Holland Drive on the west side of the Wheeler Downtown Airport.
A free veterans breakfast starts at 9 a.m., followed by a ceremony with Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s granddaughter, Mary Eisenhower.
Veterans can ride in a B-25 aircraft starting at 10 a.m. and visit the museum for free.
Space is limited. Sign up at airlinehistory.org.
The Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a Flag Day picnic Saturday at Roslyn Heights, a historic mansion that is the oganization’s headquarters at 821 Main St. in Boonville, Mo.
The opening ceremony is at 11 a.m., followed by the picnic from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Picnic fare is available for $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Listen to brass band music from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.