Raise the American Flag Proudly on Flag Day

Flag Day Parade Troy
Flag Day Parade Troy

It’s hard to imagine how a USA holiday called Flag Day could become so “under-celebrated” in a country that seemingly adores its flag.  Perhaps it is because Flag Day falls somewhere in between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, but it may also have something to do with the date.  Unlike Memorial Day and Labor Day, the “bookmark weekends” of summer, Flag Day falls on June 14th every year.  As a result, it is rarely on a day of the week when one can skip work, fly the American flag, and have a barbecue.

Flag Day is a USA  holiday that is designated to commemorate the United States flag.  It was first proclaimed a holiday in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson in an Act of Congress.  While not an “official” federal holiday, some states celebrate it that way.  Massachusetts started its annual Flag Day parade back in 1952, and it is still going strong, but the biggest Flag Day parade by far is held in Troy, New York.

If you want to impress your friends with a little “Flag Day Trivia”, here is a funny one.  Apparently Theodore Roosevelt was having dinner in Philadelphia on Flag Day in 1908, when he saw a man wipe his nose with what looked like an American Flag.  Outraged, President Roosevelt started to hit the man with a wooden rod for “defacing the symbol of America”.  As it turned out, the man was only using a handkerchief that was navy blue with white stars.

Mark your calendar for the week of June 14th as National Flag Week, a week when the president makes an official proclamation encouraging all citizens to fly the American flag all week long.  Look for the United States flag to be proudly displayed on all government buildings and many other public places.

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