Today is National Flag Day. National Flag Day commemorates the date—June 14, 1777—when the American Continental Congress adopted the official flag of the United States. The flag had 13 stars on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes that symbolized the 13 colonies. As more states joined the union, additional stars and stripes were added until there were 15. Later, the number of stripes was reduced back to 13.
In 1886 Bernard Cigrand, a young teacher, proposed that June 14th be set aside as a national observance of Flag Day. President Wilson issued a proclamation calling for nationwide observance of National Flag Day on June 14, 1916. In 1949 President Harry Truman proclaimed June 14th as National Flag Day.
Tomorrow, George Washington’s Rules of Civility