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Flag Day, When is that again?

by Barbara Rimkunas

This "Historically Speaking" column was published in the Exeter News-Letter on Friday, June 8, 2018.

June 14th is Flag Day. “What?” you say, “Another patriotic holiday in an already busy time of year? Who made that decision?” Calm down, there’s ample history behind the date. The flag of the United States was adopted by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14th, 1777 : “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” The resolution wasn’t too specific on how the stars were to be arranged or whether there should be six white and seven red stripes or the other way round, but there was a war on, so who had time for details? During the next century, there were a few times a Flag Day was proposed, but it didn’t become official until 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson declared it a ‘Day of Observance.’ …

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