Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Member Meeting
Meet and Greet at 7:30 am and meeting starts at 8:00 am.
Coffee Provided By: Breakfast Provided By:
At this meeting we will be celebrating
The American flag has played a big part in the lives of Americans. We have grown up admiring the flag and learning about the flag in school. We have seen it displayed on holidays such as Memorial Day and Independence Day. The flag is very important in American culture, but it?s easy to forget all of the interesting facts of how the American flag came to be.
In honor of Flag Day, here are some fun facts about the American flag and the history of Flag Day.
- Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777.
- For a while, the U.S. added stripes and stars to the flag when welcoming new states. At one point, the flag has 15 stripes and 15 stars. As the country continued to add new states, they decided to go back to the 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies.
- The colors of the flag have important meanings. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
- The first Flag Day observance was on June 14, 1885, when 19-year-old school teacher Bernard J. Cigrand placed a 38-inch star flag in a bottle on his desk. He assigned essays about the flag and its significance.
- In 1894, the governor of New York directed that the flag be displayed on all public buildings on June 14.
- On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing Flag Day as the anniversary of the Flag Resolution.
- On August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress that would designate June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
- When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.
- If dirty or soiled, an American flag may be washed and dry cleaned.
- If a flag touches the ground, it does not have to be destroyed. Instead, just wash it if it?s dirty.
It may have taken a while to officially declare June 14 as Flag Day, but now that it?s a reserved holiday, take your American flag out and wash it if you have to. Make sure you show your American pride on June 14!