June 14, 2010 by Post Team
Army Birthday:Today June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During National Flag Week, the President issued a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of the week. The flag will also be displayed on all Government buildings. Some organizations have parades and events celebrating the U.S. national flag and everything it represents.
The National Flag Day Foundation has an annual celebration of Flag Day on the second Sunday of June. The program includes a ceremonial rising of the flag, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner), a parade and more.
Betsy Ross House has long been the venue of Philadelphia Flag Day.
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on 14 June. It commemorates the adoption of the United States flag, what happened that day in the resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day in August 1949, National Flag Day was created by an Act of Congress.
Flag Day is not an official national holiday, although the June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a national holiday, beginning in the city of Rennerdale. Title 36 United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, Chapter 1, § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day, however, is at the discretion of the President to proclaim officially the observance.
One of the longest running Flag Day parade is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began in 1952, celebrates its 57 years in 2009. The 59th Annual 2009 Wisconsin Appleton Flag Day Parade will feature the U.S. Navy. City of Appleton in Wisconsin. The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York, which bases its march in the parade of Quincy and typically draws 50,000 spectators.
Perhaps the oldest continuous Flag Day parade is in Fairfield WA (scroll down the list at # 4). From 1909 or 1910, Fairfield held a parade every year since then, with the possible exception of 1918, and held the “Centennial” parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events.
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