Celebrating Our Nation's Flag
On Tuesday, we celebrated National Flag Day which commemorates Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. You may not know that this holiday originated right here in our great state.
On June 14, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10-inch, 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk and assigned essays on the flag and its significance to his students. After 31 years of crusading by Dr. Cigrand, President Woodrow Wilson on June 14, 1916, proclaimed the national observance of Flag Day.
National Flag Day is an important reminder of what our nation's flag stands for. Let's take time to be thankful that we live in the greatest country on earth, and give thanks for the many Americans that have sacrificed to uphold our flag and the freedom, liberty and hope it stands for.