Flag Day is June 14
Think back to your American history class…
At the start of the American Revolution, in 1775, the colonists were united in their fight for independence but weren't united under a single flag! Instead, most regiments standing against the British went into battle with one of many ideas for a flag and outfitted in their own uniform designs. But within a few years, the Continental Army unified the colonial forces by creating the first American flag.
Flash forward to 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson decreed June 14 to be Flag Day commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States (June 14, 1777) by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. It wasn't until 1949 that the holiday was formally established via an Act of Congress.
Currently, there are 1.4 million active service members and more than 17 million veterans still living. Flying the American flag on June 14 reminds them of our collective appreciation for their sacrifices to protect our lives, our country, and our freedoms. For many in battle, the American flag is a beacon giving them strength and comfort. Steeped in honor and tradition, Flag Day is observed across America with parades, essay contests, picnics, and color guard ceremonies.
Every day is Flag Day at Elmer's Flag and Banner! We continue to share our love of flags with everyone in the community while providing information on flag history and etiquette as well as proper care of your flags. And if you're a veteran or currently serving, we'd love to talk about your service to our country and your flag and flagpole needs.
Elmer's Flag and Banner
1332 N.E. Broadway, Portland