H-GOOD QUESTION

Jun 12, 2013 10:44 PM by John Reger

GQ: What is Flag Day and how did it get started?

There's a tradition this week that many people let slip by. Friday is Flag Day. Tonight's Good Question: What is Flag Day and how did it get started? Good Question.

Flag Day is not federal holiday but a day of observance. It commemorates June 14th, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress decided on the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

The idea of a day specifically honoring the flag originated on June 14th, 1885 when a 19-year old Wisconsin school teacher stuck a small flag in a bottle and had his students write essays on it's significance.

After decades of local observances, President Truman in 1949 signed an Act of Congress designating the 14th as National Flag Day.

Pennsylvania and New York have declared a Flag Day State Holiday.

June 14th is also the birthday of the U.S. Army when Congress adopted the Continental Army on that date in 1775.

When you put up a flag, remember the 50 stars go in the upper left corner.

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