Why Do We Celebrate Flag Day Today (June 14)
Did you know that today, Thursday June 14th is Flag Day. It's a day when everyone is suppose to display the red, white, and blue. Did you ever wonder why we actually celebrate Flag Day?
It's summertime and the living is easy, and if you ask someone to tell you the holiday's we celebrate in the summer most people would say Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day, but how many would actually include Flag Day.
Flag Day is celebrated each year on June 14th. Now it's not a National Holiday like some of the others we mentioned, however according to readersdigest.com, Flag Day is actually a State Holiday in New York and Pennsylvania.
So what's the deal with Flag Day, and why do we celebrate it.
It all started way back in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress, looking to promote National pride, passed a resolution calling for an official flag. Betsy Ross actually created the very first American Flag a year earlier in 1776 under an order from George Washington.
Even though we had a resolution, and an official flag, Flag Day itself wasn't established until 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring June 14th Flag Day. Finally in 1949 Congress approved, and President Harry Truman signed into law the national observance of Flag Day to be on June 14.
Now over the years there have been many unexpected places where the American Flag has shown up, like the South Pole, or the top of Mt. Everest, but you would have to say the wildest place you would find our flag is on the surface of the moon. The first one was displayed there in July 1969 by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Since that first Apollo mission six others have been displayed there. NASA did some investigating back in 2012 and found that all but one of the flags were still standing, and years of UV radiation and extreme sunlight has faded the vibrant red, white, and blue colors to pure white.
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