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President Obama issues Flag Day proclamation

Today is Flag Day. It all began on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution adopting the flag of the United States. While that was where the Flag Day history actually began, it was only in the year 1916 that June 14th officially became the 'Flag Day' following a proclamation issued by President Woodrow Wilson.

Today, the president proclaims the annual Flag Day and encourages Americans to display the Stars and Stripes outside their homes and businesses.

President Barack Obama's Flag Day proclamation states:

"When the American flag soars, so too does our nation and the ideals it stands for. We remain committed to defending the liberties and freedoms it represents, and we give special thanks to the members of the Armed Forces who wear our flag proudly. On Flag Day, and during National Flag Week, we celebrate the powerful beacon of hope that our flag has become for us all, and for people around the world."

Facts about Flag Day:

  • 13: Stripes in the U.S. flag (seven red, six white).    
  • 21: Number of days from June 14 to July 4, known as "Honor America Days."
  • We are supposed to honor the flag for a full week starting the Sunday before June 14th. 
  • 1777: Continental Congress establishes the Stars and Stripes as the nation's official flag.
  • In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

For more information about Flag Day go to: www.whitehouse.gov

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