You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
Happy Flag Day!
Flag Day is June 14. We all know that the Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, to observe June 14 as Flag Birthday. This was the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes.
Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach who at the time was historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, on April 25, 1893 a resolution requesting all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as ‘Flag Day’. It would be a day where school children would be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
Flag Day Facts
- The first American flag was made in 1776 by a woman named Betsy Ross. At that time there were only 13 stars on the flag for the 13 states. The stars were meant to stand for, “13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
- The American flag today has 13 alternate red and white horizontal stripes which signify the first 13 confederate states of the country. There is also a blue square in the top left-hand corner with 50 with stars. These signify the current 50 states.
- The American flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem “The Star Spangled Banner” on September 14, 1814. It later became the national anthem of the United States.
- The white on the American flag stands for purity and innocence, the red for hardiness and valor and blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
- Astronaut Neil Armstrong placed the flag on the moon on July 20, 1969. The Moon is the most remote place in which the American flag is displayed, although it can also be found at the North Pole and on top of Mount Everest.
Laws of the Flag
- No part of the flag is supposed to be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be attached to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is bad, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
Now let’s all wave our flags and bake a easy and delicious patriotic Stars and Stripes Forever Cake to celebrate.
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 1 hour 58 min
Makes: 12 servings
- 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
- Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
- 1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy or Whipped vanilla frosting
- 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 pint fresh strawberries
- Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Make and cool cake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan.
- Frost with frosting. Arrange berries on frosted cake to make flag design. Serve immediately.