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Celebrate Flag Day!

The Second Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag on June 14, 1777.

The American flag at Cowan Park, Fort Monmouth.

The Department of Veterans Affairs website lists the following facts about the American flag:

  • It was first carried into battle on September 11, 1777, in the Battle of the Brandywine.
  • On February 14, 1778, the flag was first saluted by foreign naval vessels when a ship bearing the flag, under the command of Captain Paul Jones, arrived in a French port.
  • The first time it flew over a foreign territory happened in early 1778 at Nassau in the Bahaman Islands, where Americans captured a British fort.

Hartford, Connecticut, celebrated the first Flag Day Celebration in 1861.

President Wilson's Flag Day Address from 1917.

President Woodrow Wilson issued the first presidential proclamation establishing flag day in 1916.  According to the Library of Congress, “prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949.”

A flag adorns a plaque along the Avenue of Memories, Fort Monmouth.

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