Here’s What Flag Day Used to Look Like
The celebration dates back many years and it looked a little different than what you might see today.
What is Flag Day?
Flag Day is a celebration of the stars and stripes and everything that they represent. It is celebrated on June 14th every year. Another way to think about it is as the flag’s birthday. It started in 1777 when a resolution was passed by Congress for an official American flag. Congress finally approved it as an official holiday in 1949 and it was signed into law by President Harry Truman. It is celebrated through school events, parades, and other ceremonies. Check out these surprising places you’ll find the American flag.
United Nations signing
Before it was even an official holiday in the United States, members of the United Nations gather at the White House to reaffirm their pact on June 15, 1942. The desk pictured here was actually once used by Abraham Lincoln. The four men sitting behind it here are, from left to right: Dr. Francisco Castillo Nájera, ambassador from Mexico; President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States; President Manuel Quezon of the Philippines; and U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull.
Iwo Jima re-enactment
In 1955, a group of young boys raises the American flag in celebration of the holiday in a similar formation to the iconic Imo Jima flag-raising picture from World War II.
Women’s Air Force
Thirteen young women celebrate Flag Day in 1958 by joining the Women’s Air Force at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lt. Co. Francis White (on the left) swore in the group. Brush up on these American flag facts to impress your friends on Flag Day.
Ceremony in Washington
Atlanta Braves player Hank Aaron addresses the crowd at the House of Representatives during a Flag Day ceremony in Washington, D.C. in 1974.
Boy Scouts honor
Members of the Boy Scouts beat their drums during a salute to the flag parade in Philadelphia in 1976.
Not yet president
Bill Clinton, a presidential hopeful at the time, speaks at a Flag Day reception in New York in 1992. If you want to feel more patriotic on Flag Day, take a look at these gorgeous pictures of the American flag.