What to know about Flag Day, which got its start in Wisconsin

Note: This is a modified version of a story that first ran in the Journal Sentinel’s Green Sheet on June 10, 2015.

It took until 1950 for them to make a federal case out of it. By then, Flag Day had been a Wisconsin thing for 65 years.

On June 14, 1885, Bernard Cigrand, a teacher in Waubeka (an unincorporated part of Fredonia in Ozaukee County), put an American flag on his desk at Stony Hill School and asked his students to write an essay about the flag’s importance.

The date mattered: On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the new, still-embattled nation.

Other communities around the country followed suit, but it wasn’t particularly organized. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of June 14 as Flag Day.

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