The Flag of the United States was officially adopted on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. But not until 1885 did a school teacher in Wisconsin arrange for his pupils to observe that date as “Flag Birthday.” The observance garnered a great deal of attention across the country, and several patriotic groups began celebrating Flag Day as well as encouraging schools and children to hold Flag Day exercises. Inspired by these 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 30, 1916. But it was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day. During National Flag Week, all U.S. citizens are urged to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. This year the observance is June 8-14, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The Flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days.
As part of the observance of Flag Day, the Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a Flag Day Picnic at Roslyn Heights, the MSSDAR headquarters in Boonville, Mo., located at 821 Main Street. The opening ceremony is at 11 a.m., and the picnic begins at 11:15 a.m. until 1 p.m. A picnic menu is available for $10 (adults) and children 12 & under $5. Brass band music will be presented from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. For more information please call 660-882-5320. As part of National Flag Week, the Prairie Chapter NSDAR is encouraging everyone to fly an American Flag to honor our heritage.