1. History of the holiday.
Explore how the idea of Flag Day was introduced to President Woodrow Wilson and became an observance in 1916. Though Flag Day was an observance, it was not official until 1949. Find out more about the history of this holiday.
2. History of the flag.
The United States flag came about in 1777 with the 13 white stars for the original states. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the first flag. Trace the different versions of the flag over the years.
3. National Flag Week.
National Flag Week is the entire week where June 14th falls. Find out what activities are happening locally to support this holiday. Attend one, if possible.
4. Is it a holiday?
Flag Day is not a holiday in all parts of the USA. As of 2010, only Pennsylvania recognized this holiday as a state holiday. They started observing this holiday officially in 1937. Find out if it is considered a holiday where you live. If not, what can you do to change that?
5. Flag etiquette.
Review the basics of flag etiquette. Start with answering these questions:
- Can a flag be left outside overnight?
- Can a flag be flown upside down?
- Can a flag be used for advertising?
- Can a flag touch the ground?
- Can you throw a flag in the trash?
6. Flag display.
Flags can be suspended, flown at full or half-mast, be displayed with other flags, hang at an angle from a building, be used in a parade and more. Review when each is appropriate and where you can properly display your flag.
7. Flag ceremonies.
Most people are familiar with a familiar flag ceremony or, at the least, honoring the American flag before a sporting event. Explore various ceremonies surrounding the US flag. Include a simple ceremony like the one on the supplement, Simple Flag Ceremony, or something more unique like the ceremony to retire a flag.
8. Flag folding.
Review how to fold a flag. Explore the meaning for each fold.
9. Flag readings.
During a flag ceremony, you can read an American poem or quote, sing an American song or use another inspirational item. Create your own collection of items you can add to create a unique flag ceremony.
10. Flag crafts.
Using the stars and stripes design, explore crafts you can do. This might include pinwheels, windsocks, SWAPs and more.
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