The History and Significance of Flag Day

Posted on June 14, 2022 by Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah under Flag Day, Holidays
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America celebrates Flag Day on June 14.  I recently came across an interesting article on entitled, “What Is Flag Day?”  Written by Jennie Cohen, this article offers some excellent insight into flag day and why it is a significant holiday.

According to the article, in 1885, school teacher Bernard Cigrand originated the idea for an annual flag day to be celebrated every June 14.  That same year, he led his school in the first formal observance of the holiday.  Later, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially designated June 14 as Flag Day.  Listed below are a few more interesting facts about “Old Glory” from Ms. Cohen’s article.

1. It is widely believed that Betsy Ross, who assisted the Revolutionary War effort by repairing uniforms and sewing tents, made and helped design the first American flag. However, there is no historical evidence that she contributed to Old Glory’s creation. It was not until 1870 when her grandson, William Canby, held a press conference to recount the story that the American public learned of her possible role.

2. Unlike setting an intact flag on fire, flying one upside-down is not always intended as an act of protest. According to the Flag Code, it can also be an official distress signal.

3. The Flag Code stipulates that the Stars and Stripes should not be used as apparel, bedding, or drapery.

4. Etiquette calls for American flags to be illuminated by sunlight or another light source while on display.

5. The practice of draping coffins in the American flag is not reserved for military veterans and government officials. On the contrary, any burial may incorporate this tradition.

Happy Flag Day from Serenity Funeral Home.  We are located just off Riverside Dr. at 1316 S. 400 E., Ste. A-5, St. George, (435) 986-2085.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SerenityFuneralStG

Submitted by W. Russell Atkin, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director, Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah.

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