Join in on celebrating Flag Day, a holiday that traces its origins to right here in Wisconsin! The origin of Flag Day is traced to Waubeka, a small town north of Milwaukee. In 1885, Stony Hill School teacher Bernard John Cigrand displayed a 10-inch flag in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them. He told the students that June 14th was the birthday of the flag and it has been so ever since.
As we commemorate our flag, we revere the stars and stripes as the living symbol of our national principles of liberty, justice, and freedom that we hold most dear. We thank the brave men and women who have fought and continue to fight to preserve our freedom, and we remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting these values. Please take a moment to consider the history of our national flag, and the meaning it has for all of us as Americans and our veterans.
Wisconsin offers a statewide sales tax exemption on the sale of United States and Wisconsin flags as an incentive for communities, veterans and everyday citizens to honor our national and state flags.