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Monday, June 13, 2016

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Tomorrow is Flag Day. The idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'.

In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history."

HINT: With a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University, he was a prominant Democrat who was a leader in the Progressive Movement, and was instrumental in the passage of the Federal Reserve Act and reintroducing an income tax.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York.

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Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th.

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In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises.

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Inspired by decades of 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 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

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There are specific rules for the display of the flag, including:
- The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. If the flag is displayed at night it should be illuminated.
- Never allow the flag to touch the ground or the floor.
- When displayed on a wall or window the blue field should be in the upper left corner.

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In 1909, Robert Peary placed a flag at the North Pole. His wife had sewn that flag. There are also 6 American flags on the moon. They were planted by crews from Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history."

ANSWER: Woodrow Wilson

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