Our flag has a glorious and wonderful history. My mom loved our country. She saw my dad go off to war. She didn’t know if he would return. He did! She carried on in his absence with love for him and our country.
Bernard Cigrand had humble beginnings in Waubeka, Wisc. As a young man, he held numerous jobs to pay for his education, including selling scrap metal, and working on a steam barge before he could afford to go off to dental school. Cigrand was named a contributing editor of the Encyclopedia Americana the same year he got his dental degree. It was for the encyclopedia that he began writing about his love of the American Flag, and eventually proposed a national holiday commemorating the flag adopted by the Continental Congress on June, 14, 1777. The message took hold in his local school district, and they began hosting observances the third Sunday of June. The movement grew, but sadly Cigrand would not see his holiday made official. He died of a heart attack in 1932, and it was not until 1949 that President Harry Truman signed the legislation. This Sunday’s Flag Day remember not only the commemoration of a flag, but the man who made it so.
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775
My dad fought to keep us safe and liberate Europe from tyranny. Fortunately he survived his experience and lived a long and productive life. When he died, his coffin was draped with the U.S. flag.
My dad loved our country. He always taught us to respect the freedoms we have and enjoy.