We Americans have been celebrating Flag day since the late 1800s.
Here are some fun flag facts with a few famous, and not so famous, folks:
(Sorry, I couldn't resist the alliteration.)
President Woodrow Wilson first officially proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day in 1916. Then, in August 1949, an Act of Congress established National Flag Day.
USflag.org states that Francis Hopkinson should get the credit for the design of our first flag. A patriot, lawyer and congressman from New Jersey, he was appointed to the Continental Navy Board in 1776 and four years later put forth in writing that he had actually designed the first U.S. flag. Claims by relatives of Betsy Ross, an upholsterer who occasionally did sew flags, that she created the U. S. flag did not appear until one hundred years later.
After witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to our national anthem. He was said to have been inspired by the sight of our American flag illuminated by the "red glare" of British incendiaries.
The Care and Display of the American Flag
Woodrow Wilson : A Biography by John Milton Cooper
Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla R. Miller
A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through Its Flags by Kevin P. Keim
The Star-Spangled Banner; America the Beautiful CD by Whitney Houston
Flags of our Fathers DVD