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National Flag Day Celebration Ceremony – June 14th at 11:00 AM
June 14 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 amFree
June 14 is the anniversary of the 1777 adoption of the
Stars and Stripes as the official US flag.
Celebrate National Flag Day at BPL this year.
The Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m.
in front of the flags located near the front entrance of Bartlesville Public Library.
People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. On the same day, the United States Army celebrates its birthday.
On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, with his idea of observing this historical day, the State Board of Education of New York later adopted Flag Day.
On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.
It was recommended thereafter that the day be known as ‘Flag Day’, and on that day, school children were assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.
On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children’s celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.
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.
“The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.” (USFlag.org)