Special to the Register
In honor of Flag Day, observed Friday, Gainesville residents and others across the nation will fly the country’s most recognizable emblem.
According to the Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA), Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on June 14, 1916, calling for a nation-wide observance. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3, 1949 that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
The week of June 14 is designated as National Flag Week. During National Flag Week, the President will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings. Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of America's national flag and everything it represents.
“The United States flag is a symbol of the nation, great and strong,” remarked Sandy Van Lieu, FMAA chairman. “The Flag Manufacturers Association of America takes pride in our industry and the birth of our nation through this patriotic symbol.”