Celebrate Flag Day and our Nation

Historians believe that the celebration of Flag Day began late in the 19th century.  A schoolteacher, named Bernard J. Cigrand in a Fredonia, Wisconsin school, encouraged his students to observe June 14 as "Flag Birthday" in 1885.  The reason for that date is that on June 14, 1777, the "Stars and Stripes" was officially adopted.  Others followed Cigrand's lead during the next few decades including the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia which held a Flag Day celebration on June 14, 1891. 
 
As many school children know, George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross asked Betsy Ross to sew America's first flag.  Betsy Ross related that in June 1776, she showed George Washington how to cut a five-pointed star in a single snip and she was thus entrusted to make our nation's first flag. 
 
Within three decades after Bernard J. Cigrand observed the first "Flag Birthday"  --  also called "Flag Day"  --  President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916 established by proclamation "Flag Day."   However, it was not until August 3, 1949, that President Harry S. Truman signed an Act of Congress designatingt June 14th each year as National Flag Day.
 
On Flag Day, 2011, Christian Coalition of America also encourages Americans to remember and to thank God for all those who have sacrificed their lives and limbs in defense of this great country. 
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