Observing Flag Day

Published 7:15 am Thursday, June 14, 2018

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity, according to www.timeanddate.com.

Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation calling for a June 14 commemoration in 1916, but it wasn’t until 1949, that Congress passed legislation as a national holiday.

President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day in 1949.

In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.

The day is also the birthday of the United States Army.

Although Flag Day is a nationwide observance, it is not a public holiday in many parts of the United States. It is a legal holiday in a few areas in the USA, such as Montour County in Pennsylvania.