American Flag History

June 14, 2011 by USA Post 

American Flag HistoryAmerican Flag History, In the annals of American history, Bernard J. Cigrand is a figure virtually unknown. However, to June 14 is Flag Day is an opportune time to Cigrand some “support.” After all, he is the father of Flag Day. As an elementary school teacher at Stony Hill School in Waubeka, WI (about 30 miles north of Milwaukee), Cigrand made what is considered the first celebration of Flag Day in 1885.

June 14 Cigrand thought would be the perfect day to honor the flag, because it was on that day in 1777 that the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes. Cigrand search did not end in Waubeka. He spoke around the country in support of the holiday, eventually moving to a bigger stage in Chicago to attend dental school. It was there that Cigrand made a public proposal of a Flag Day, which was picked up by magazines and newspapers. Cigrand was chief editor of a magazine called American Standard, created to promote patriotism.

Also get rolling Flag Day train was a series of celebrations of children in public schools in Chicago in 1894. More than 300,000 children participated. Another important development in Flag Day was held in New York in 1889, when Master George Balch held a ceremony for students in their school.

The idea of?? Observing Flag Day was adopted by the Board of Education of the State of New York a few years later. New York decreed that all government buildings are adorned with the flag on June 14, 1894.

Two decades later, the Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane gave a Flag Day speech, during which echoed what he said the flag had said that morning: “I am what you make me, nothing more, swing before your eyes as a bright flash of color, a symbol of yourself.”

Finally the President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. An act of Congress established the National Flag Day in 1949.

Today, CIGR still remembered in Waubeka. A Street bears his name, the Stony Hill School has been restored and a bust of him is displayed in the National Flag Day Americanism Center.

Interestingly, Flag Day is not a federal holiday. Another oddity: American children of school have been taught for decades that Betsy Ross made the first American flag, and the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, which opened its doors as a public museum in 1937, is your sanctuary and held that status.

However, Marc Leepson, author of “Flag: An American Biography,” recently wrote in the Washington Post, “The story of Betsy Ross is the most tenacious piece of fiction involving the flag is simply no credible historical evidence – - letter. Newspaper, newspapers, bills of sale — Ross either made or had a hand in designing the American flag before he made his debut in 1777.

“While Ross made flags in Philadelphia in the late 1770′s, is almost certainly the story of its creation of the American flag is a myth.”

According Leepson, the story of Ross, the creation of the flag for the first time in 1870. If Leepson statement is correct, Ross’s account is obviously one of those urban legends that grew to the point where they took their own life.

However, on June 14 remains Flag Day, and there will be plenty of celebrations around the country. In San Diego, there will be a big party at the beginning USS Midway Museum at 1 pm.

The event will feature live music by the Ensemble of the Citrus College for Women (which will sing the National Anthem) and Highland Fife and Drum Corps. Other attractions include a look at the making of the American flag, the increase in the flag and live musket salute.

Those who wear red, white and blue will receive free admission to the museum.

Another June 14, the celebration takes place at the Veterans Memorial Center Museum and 6-8:30 pm. Brass Westwood present the century American music 18, 19 and 20. Tickets cost and 25, and 20 members of the museum. Proceeds will go to Westwood brass educational outreach, which brings music education in schools throughout the county.

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