On May 30th, 1916, President Wilson issued a proclamation for a national Flag Day to be held on June 14th each year. President Coolidge also issued a proclamation in 1927, but it wasn’t until 1949 that Congress approved it, and President Truman signed it into law.
The day commemorates the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. There have been 27 editions of the flag, so far, and stars have been added when new states have joined. The last state to do so was the 50th state (and star!) Hawaii on July 4th 1960. The colors of the flag have different representations: Red = valor and bravery; White = purity and innocence; Blue = vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by hanging a flag from their homes and businesses. It is seen as a symbol of freedom to which Americans can pledge their allegiance to.
Happy Flag Day!