Wisconsin History Day By Day


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"Flag Day" by Dorothy Les Tina


Vocabulary:

observance
rememberance
adopted
designated


Interesting Fact:

Flag Day was officially designated June 14th by President Harry Truman in 1949 when he signed an Act of Congress.


Study Questions:

  • How did Flag Day grow from the Stony Hill School in 1885 to Woodrow Wilson in the White House 31 years later?
  • What is Cigrand's personal history?
  • What happened to the Stony Hill School?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Bernard Cigrand:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 14:

    1777: The Stars and Stripes is adopted as the national flag by the Continental Congress.
    1954: The words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.



  • June 14

    June 14, 1885: The first observance of Flag Day in the U.S. took place at Waubeka in Ozaukee County by Bernard J. Cigrand, a teacher at Stony Hill School. He campaigned to have June 14 a national remembrance day. This was the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day in 1916.


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