Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Fourth of July was 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, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.
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.
I still haven't touched a sewing machine! I am working on a project though - but it's in prep mode. So I share my June Monthly Doll Quilt Swap which is already at it's new home. I am seriously thinking of a large crazy quilt in white/creams/beige with pastel threads,lace, ribbons, and beads - very Vintage.
Our Red/White/'Blue' welcome bouquet at the entry
You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
~George M. Cohan