Flag Day is June 14. The resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 states:

That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.

This ‘new constellation’ formed by the original thirteen colonies would overcome great adversity, prosper and grow to become the United State of America while its flag has remained consistent accept for the addition of stars. The flag we have today, with one star for each of the fifty states, was adopted by the US Congress in 1960.

So what’s the big flap over Flag Day?

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, celebrations of the flag have been held throughout history.  In the late 1800 school children patriotic ceremonies to observe the anniversary of the Flag Day resolution. In 1897, the governor of New York ordered the displaying of the flag over all public buildings in the state, an observance considered by some to be the first official recognition of the anniversary of the adoption of the flag outside of schools. Claims of the first official Flag Day come from all over the country.  Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.

In Muscatine, Flag Day will be celebrated across the city. Flags will again be hung throughout downtown by members of the American Legion Post 27. On Friday, June 15, at X:00pm the Post will conduct The Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags. Although the Legion Post receives hundreds of flags to be honorably retired throughout the year by burning, the Legion holds this solemn ceremony every year in celebration of Flag Day.  The ceremony is held outside behind the Post Headquarters located at 110 South Houser Street, in Muscatine.  The public is invited and welcome to the ceremony.