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Happy Flag Day!

June 14, 2025

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 14 of June, repeating indefinitely

Happy Flag Day! Today marks the  anniversary of the adoption of the American flag. First celebrated locally in northern states during the Civil War, June 14th wasn’t officially established as Flag Day until President Woodrow Wilson made a proclamation in 1916. Although not an official federal holiday, Flag Day is an official state holiday in JMC’s home state of Pennsylvania.

 Presently, historians have found  no proof that Betsy Ross was the first designer/creator of the Stars and Stripes, but she did sew several American flags during the Revolution. At the time, Ross was an upholsterer by trade and newly widowed (her husband had served in the local militia).

Did you know? The current iteration of the flag (with 50 stars and 13 stripes) was designed by a 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, who created it for a class project. ⁠

Undeterred by a grade of B- for the project (!), Heft submitted the design for President Eisenhower’s review, and it was chosen out of more than 1,500 submitted entries. ⁠Aside from having the honor of being our 27th flag designer, Heft’s grade was changed from a B- to an A.⁠

The Fourth of July, 1916, Childe Hassam, 1916⁠

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer




June 14, 2025
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