Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day

It is an extra, extra, extra special day today because it is Poppy and Uncle Adam's birthday and it is also Flag Day.  I think there is the same amount of excitement in our house today as there was Christmas morning (or maybe even more!) -- for those of you who know my children you know that this is really true!  I absolutely love, love, love how Grace, Jack and Eve get just so excited by everything in life.  We have been talking about the birthday boys all week as well as the meaning behind Flag Day.  Earlier this week Grace, Jack and Eve made these American flags to celebrate today.  I really love how unique each of their flags turned out.

Here is a brief history behind Flag Day:

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress proposed that the United States have a national flag instead of the British Union Jack.  The 13 stars of the flag represented the 13 new states.  There were few public ceremonies honoring the Stars and Stripes until 1877, when on June 14, it was flown from every government building in honor of the centennial adoption of a national flag.  Schools had unfurled American flags over their doors or outside the buildings long before this; but in 1890, North Dakota and New Jersey made a law that required their schools to fly the flag daily.  The first official Flag Day was observed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1893.  New York also proclaimed June 14 as Flag day in 1897.  Other states were slow to follow.  Some people thought the day was too close to Memorial Day and Independence Day.

In August 1949, President Harry S. Truman proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day.  Since then the President proclaims the commemoration yearly, and encourages all Americans in the country to display the Stars and Stripes outside their homes and businesses!

1 comment:

Mom, said...

I pinch myself each and every year that I have two birthday men born on the same day and on Flag Day at that! Isn't just the most perfect day for Dad and Adam!

I love these flags that the children made. And, yes, a HUGE YES, at that--for we all know how wonderfully excited Grace, Jack, and Eve get by all things in life! I LOVE it all so much! They are such an example to me about finding the love of each day and enjoying the moment.

Dear Rebecca, you are the best Mama to reinforce this love in your children. I admire you with my whole heart!
Love, Mom

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