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A day for Ol’ Glory

Celebrating flag steeped in history

— Today is a day that often passes without any special notice.

But for traditionalists, it’s Flag Day, a day to show patriotism.

“It’s a public display of patriotism which unfortunately is out of fashion in today’s world,” said Routt County Veterans Affairs Officer Michael Condie.

Condie said the flag still holds an emotional sway over people that can’t be ignored.

“When people see the American flag, they know there is something behind that flag,” he said. “They know they’re in good hands they’re safe.”

No one could be quite sure why a young teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Wisconsin started celebrating the flag’s “birthday.”

According to the American Legion, teacher Bernard Cigrand kept a miniature flag on his desk. He was the son of Luxemburg immigrants who may have taught their son the American flag symbolized opportunity and freedom.

Whatever the reason, Cigrand’s class observed the flag’s birthday on June 14, 1885 the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes.

New York schools took up the tradition in 1889 along with the Philadelphia schools in 1893.

In 1894, Cigrand helped organize a massive Flag Day celebration in Chicago where more than 300,000 children honored

the flag.

The celebrations eventually led to the establishment of Flag Day by President Harry S. Truman in 1949.

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