June 14th Flag Day
A. No definite instructions for flying the flag at half-mast were established in the early years of our country. Many conflicting regulations existed. In 1954 President Eisenhower proclaimed the following instructions: The United States flag should be flown at half mast 1) “For thirty days from the day of death of the President or a former President.” 2) “For ten days in the case of the death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives.” 3) “From the day of death until internment for an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a member of the Cabinet, a former Vice President, the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force, a United States Senator, a member of the House, a territorial delegate, the Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Governor of a state or territory,” or 4) “…in accordance with such orders or instructions as might be issued by or at the direction of the President, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.”
B. On Memorial Day until noon. At noon the flag should be raised to the top of its mast.
It is customary to fly the United States flag only during daylight. However, if a patriotic effect is intended, the flag may be flown twenty-four hours a day, provided it is properly illuminated at night.
1. New Year’s Day
15 Martin Luther King’s Birthday *
20 Inauguration Day (Once every four years)
(3rd Mon.) Lee’s Birthday (AL.,MS.,VA.)
(1st Mon.) Lincoln s Birthday 12. Lincoln’s Birthday
(3rd Mon.) Washington’s Birthday*
17. St. Patrick s Day
(Last Mon.) Seward’s Day (AK.)
(3d Mon.) Patrick’s Day (MA )
(4th Mon.) Confederate Memorial Day (AL., MS.)
(Last Fri.) Arbor Day (UT.)
1. Loyalty Day
(1st Thursday) National Day of Prayer,
(2nd Sun.) Mother’s Day
(3rd Sat.) Armed Forces Day\
15 Armed Forces Day
(Last Mon.) Memorial Day’ (Half-staff until noon)
(1st Mon.) Jefferson Davis Birthday
June 14th Flag Day
(3rd Sun) Father s Day
4. Independence Day*
4. Coast Guard Day – August 4
(2nd Mon.) Victory Day (Rl.)
(3rd Fri.) Admission Day (Hl.)
(1st Mon.) Labor Day
17. Constitution Day’ Citizen Day
18. Patriot Day (911 Attack)
(2nd Mon.) Columbus Day,* Farmer’s Day (Fl .)
(3rd Mon.) Alaska Day (AK.)
13 Navy Day
(1st Tues.) Election Day
10. Marine Corps Day
11. Veterans Day
(4th Thurs) Thanksgiving Day*
21. Forefather s Day
25. Christmas Day*
*Denotes Federal Holiday
In addition. Birthdays of States and State Holidays, and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President.
January 1 — The Grand Union flag is displayed on Prospect Hill. It has 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner (the canton).
May — Betsy Ross reports that she sewed the first American flag
June 14 — Continental Congress adopts the following: Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation (stars represent Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island).
Captain Robert Gray carries the flag around the world on his sailing vessel (around the tip of South America, to China, and beyond). He discovered a great river and named it after his boat The Columbia. His discovery was the basis of America’s claim to the Oregon Territory.
Flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes (Vermont, Kentucky)
September 14 — Francis Scott Key writes “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It officially becomes the national anthem in 1931.
Flag with 20 stars and 13 stripes (it remains at 13 hereafter) (Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi)
Flag with 21 stars (Illinois)
Flag with 23 stars (Alabama, Maine)
first flag on Pikes Peak
Flag with 24 stars (Missouri)
Flag with 25 stars (Arkansas)
Flag with 26 stars (Michigan)
Flag with 27 stars (Florida)
Flag with 28 stars (Texas)
Flag with 29 stars (Iowa)
Flag with 30 stars (Wisconsin)
Flag with 31 stars (California)
Flag with 32 stars (Minnesota)
Flag with 33 stars (Oregon)
Flag with 34 stars; (Kansas)
first Confederate Flag (Stars and Bars) adopted in Montgomery, Alabama
Flag with 35 stars (West Virginia)
Flag with 36 stars (Nevada)
Flag with 37 stars (Nebraska)
First flag on a postage stamp
Flag with 38 stars (Colorado)
Flag with 43 stars (North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho)
Flag with 44 stars (Wyoming)
“Pledge of Allegiance” first published in a magazine called “The Youth’s Companion,” written by Francis Bellamy. The words, “under God” were added on June 14, 1954.
Flag with 45 stars (Utah)
Flag with 46 stars (Oklahoma)
Robert Peary places the flag his wife sewed atop the North Pole. He left pieces of another flag along the way. He was never censored for his action.
Flag with 48 stars (New Mexico, Arizona)
The flag that flew over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, is flown over the White House on August 14, when the Japanese accepted surrender terms.
August 3 — Truman signs bill requesting the President call for Flag Day (June 14) observance each year by proclamation.
Flag with 49 stars (Alaska)
Flag with 50 stars (Hawaii)
Flag placed on top of Mount Everest by Barry Bishop.
July 20 — The American flag is placed on the moon by Neil Armstrong
December 12 — The Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment is narrowly defeated in the Senate. The Amendment to the Constitution would make burning the flag a punishable crime.