. . . But how did Flag Day come to be? Interestingly, in 1885, some 108 years after the Flag Resolution was passed, a 19-year-old Wisconsin schoolteacher named Bernard John Cigrand inspired his students at Stony Hill School to celebrate June 14 as “Flag Birthday.” According to the Congressional Record, what we call “Flag Day” is believed to have originated with Mr. Cigrand, a teacher who cared enough to instill in his students a great appreciation for the American flag as a symbol of our God-given freedom.
Thanks to Cigrand, children across America have enjoyed Flag Day celebrations ever since. In fact, in 1894 over 300,000 students turned out to celebrate June 14 with their small flags and patriotic songs throughout many of Chicago’s city parks. This became a tradition of Chicago public schools.
Times sure have changed, haven’t they? Today, there never seems to be a shortage of news stories about a school or university mired in an anti-American flag controversy. In fact, it’s all the rage to call for a ban of the flag in the name of “inclusiveness.” At the University of California, Irvine, least 60 professors reportedly signed a petition in support of their cultural Marxist protégés who wanted to ban Old Glory because they felt it “contributes to racism and xenophobia.”
Instead of imparting knowledge about America’s extraordinary founding principles that have given rise to the freest and most prosperous nation on earth, these tenured radicals actually think that socially engineered “inclusiveness” and “diversity” are greater virtues than liberty itself. Well, as Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Luckily for us liberty lovers, we know better. So as we fly our flags this year in celebration of Flag Day, let us not forget to remember the greatness of America’s founding, those who came before us that gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend it, and the historical significance of June 14.
Happy American Flag Day!
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