Celebrate Flag Day On June 14

American flag flying in the wind

Today is Flag Day.

What’s it all about? Inspired by decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day 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 President Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Did you know a Boy Scout designed the current U.S. flag? In 1958, 17-year-old Boy Scout Bob Heft designed the current U.S. flag as part of a school project. Heft received a B- from his teacher, but President Eisenhower liked the design so much he chose it as the official flag two years later.

To view different versions of the U.S. flag throughout history and learn more about our nations flag click here.

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