When Bernard Cigrand’s students arrived at the Stony Hill School in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin on June 14, 1885, they had no idea that they would be playing a national role in the creation of a national holiday – Flag Day – a day to honor our national treasure. The visionary 19-year old school teacher, Cigrand, placed a small flag on his desk, calling the day the flag’s birthday – 108 years after the Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States in 1777.  Cigrand then asked the students to write essays on the significance of the flag’s adoption and its meaning to them.  This observance was the cornerstone of Cigrand’s three-decade-long quest and campaign for a national observance of Flag Day. President Wilson learned of this effort and agreed calling for a national observance in 1916 – Cigrand was now fifty-years old.  Thirty years later, in 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill designating June 14 as Flag Day.  Bernard J. Cigrand dreamt a really big dream, never gave up and his vision came true. What a wondrous day we have to be thankful for!  Let’s all put out our flag and celebrate its birthday!

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