National Flag Day is Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Remember to proudly display the flag at your home and/or business. Persons with faded or tattered flags can take them to American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard. Boy Scout Troop 33 holds a flag retirement ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791. The West Chicago Fire Protection District Color Guard presents the Colors. The ceremony is open to the public.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation of establishing a national flag day to honor the United States of America flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. On that date, the congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with 13 white stars in a circle of blue and 13 red and white stripes, which represent the original 13 colonies. Each of the stars in the flag of today represents the 50 states in the United States. Flag Day did not become official until President Harry Truman signed the legislation in 1949.
Information courtesy of Merle Burleigh.