Flag Day History & Etiquette

Spencer, IA (KICD)–Today is Flag Day.

American Legion 9th District Vice Commander Bob Shelton tells KICD News that it is proper to have a light on the bottom of your flagpole if you display your flag 24/7.

Shelton says it is also proper to repair or replace worn or torn flags.

According to the National Flag Day Foundation on June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14th, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day.

The crowning achievement of Cigrand’s life came at age fifty when President Wilson, on May 30th, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Truman signed an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day.

On June 14th, 2004, the 108th U.S. Congress voted unanimously on H.R. 662 that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Waubeka Wisconsin.