Flag Day (United States)

Our flag [Editorial]

Our flag [Editorial]

Thursday is Flag Day.

Too many Americans neither know that June 14 is Flag Day, nor do they know why that day out of the 365 days in a year is set aside to pay homage to our nation’s enduring symbol.

Congress adopted our stars and stripes, minus quite a few stars, as our country’s flag on June 14, 1777. More than a century later, a 19-year-old teacher in Wisconsin did a simple thing, according to the National Flag Day Foundation, putting a small American flag in a bottle on his desk and asked his students to write an essay about it.

Bernard J. Cigrand was that teacher, whose devotion to the American flag led him to pushing for a national Flag Day observance. President...