According to the American Flag Day Foundation, 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 then assigned essays on the flag and its significance.
This observance commemorated Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand's long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. The crowning achievement of his life came at age 50 when President Wilson, on May 30, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day.
Then in 1949, President Truman signed an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day.
On June 14, 2004, the 108th U.S. Congress voted unanimously on H.R. 662 which proclaimed that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Waubeka, Wis.
The importance of Flag Day cannot be underestimated. Yes, we have Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day. However, Flag Day is the one day of the year set aside in the United States to observe the history and the continuing importance that the Stars and Stripes have for all Americans.
Is it just a piece of cloth? Without significance or meaning?
Or does it represent the best that America has to give - the lives of young soldiers in the prime of their youth who give the ultimate sacrifice to protect each other and their country?
We prefer to believe the latter.
That's why we hope all our downtown businesses proudly display the American flag, the symbol of American liberty, justice and freedom.