Local Connections to Creation of Flag Day

Thursday people remembered the first official design of the American national flag. That dates back to June 14th, 1777 when the Continental Congress approved the design that is similar to our flag today.

They decided that the first U.S. flag have 13 alternating red and white stripes and the Union should have 13 white stars in a blue field to represent a new constellation.

On Thursday, guests of Woodrow Wilson's Presidential Library in Staunton got a free flag to honor the day. They also honored Wilson's role in building patriotism.

President Wilson established Flag Day back in 1916. It was a day Wilson set aside to respect and honor the flag's history. He started Flag Day during World War I with hopes of reuniting the country. He wanted people to reflect on American values during the war.

President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress in the 1940s to make Flag Day official.

The original idea for Flag Day came from a teacher who thought people should celebrate the anniversary of the flag's creation.

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By CapitalBay Online 06/14/2012 18:19:00