Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14 is Flag Day

United States of America Flag Facts

1) On June 14,1777 the US Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag

2) 1912: President William Taft issued an executive order dictating the proportions for the flag and placement of the stars. Before that it was left up to the flag maker.

3) 1916: President Woodrow Wilson issued the proclamation establishing June 14 as Flag Day, though it is not a federal holiday many states do celebrate it as a state holiday.

4) Betsy Ross, credited with sewing the nation’s first flag, was an upholsterer not a seamstress 

5) The U.S. flag has been changed 27 times since 1777. The 50-star flag used today was created in July 4, 1960 when Hawaii became the 50th state. That version has been used the longest. 

6) 1949: President Harry Truman signed into law June 14 as national Flag Day.

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series.  Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.

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