Monday, June 14, 2010

Flag Day

I could paraphrase the history, but I think this short overview of what Flag Day means and is written by Sunil Rai for the "OfficialWire" tells the story.

What I didn't know was that Flag Day is just the start of Flag Week and many countries have a national flag day! Pretty cool.

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Published on June 14, 2010

by Sunil Rai

Flag Day History

President Wilson in 1916, as President Coolidge in 1927, issued proclamations in which they pointed to the June 14 as National Flag Day, but it was not until August 3, 1949 when the Congress officially adopted the national observance of that date.

The founding fathers agreed that the country would have 13 red and white stripes placed alternately, representing the thirteen British colonies in 1776 declared themselves independent. In a blue rectangle, placed in the top left distributed thirteen stars were drawn in a circle, symbolizing the merger of the states in the fledgling nation.

14th June 2010 is Flag Day and the beginning of National Flag Week. It is the time to honor the American Flag that is supposed to be the symbol of strength and unity.

The American Flag has 13 horizontal alternating red and white stripes that represent the 13 colonies and the white stars are representatives of 50 states.

Different countries have a different day called Flag Day to honour their flags:

* Flag Day in Canada: February 15
* Flag Day in Mexico: February 24
* Flag Day in Aruba: March 18
* Flag Day in the Faroe Islands: April 25
* Flag Day in Poland: May 2
* Flag Day in Paraguay: May 14 (one day before Independence Day)
* Flag Day in Sweden: June 6
* Flag Day in the United States: June 14
* Flag Day in Denmark: June 15
* Flag Day in Argentina: June 20 (a national holiday since 1938)
* Flag Day in Romania: June 26
* Flag and Hymn Day in Curacao: July 2
* Hawaiian Flag Day: July 31 (known locally as La Hae Hawai'i)

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