For any of you who are not familiar with what US holiday it is today, June 14th is FLAG DAY! As one of the lesser celebrated holidays, many of us simply don’t know where Flag Day originated or why it is still celebrated. Now, we have all heard the story of how Betsy Ross is believed to be the creator of the first Old Glory, but after that it’s a mystery! How did Flag Day become Flag Day? Let’s check out some info on the history of the holiday and the little known way the President’s flags are made today…
So where did Flag Day come from?
Starting in 1885, Bj Cingrad, an elementary school teacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin, first had the idea to celebrate what he called “Flag Birthday.” He picked June 14th of that year to celebrate because it marked the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the stars and stripes. The idea of “Flag Birthday” quickly spread through numerous magazines, newspapers and public festivals and was talked about for many years after. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to establish the day as a holiday in 1916, but it wasn’t officially recognized until August 3rd 1949 when President Truman signed the Act of Congress to establish it as a national holiday.
The Modern Day Betsy Ross
Deep in a military supply operation room, about 10 miles away from where Betsy Ross is believed to have sewn the first US Flag, 12 seamstresses are responsible for carrying on her work. The group started production in 1850 and have been responsible for crafting a variety of flags for the government ever since. They even HAND STITCH all of the presidential flags. Using real silver and gold thread, each flag takes two seamstresses 45 days of tandem stitching to complete. After President Obama’s inauguration, he ordered 90 flags to be made which took two years to complete!
So if you have a chance to show some patriotism today, do it with a little more understanding of where this US holiday came from and how much work goes into our Country’s pride and joy! Special thanks to the Detroit Free Press for the interesting facts!
Until next time,