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File #: 180633    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/7/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/7/2018
Title: Recognizing and Honoring June 14, 2018 as Flag Day in Philadelphia to Celebrate and Reflect on the Importance of the Flag of the United States.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature18063300.pdf
Title
Recognizing and Honoring June 14, 2018 as Flag Day in Philadelphia to Celebrate and Reflect on the Importance of the Flag of the United States.

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WHEREAS, The Betsy Ross House is the birthplace of the American flag, where Betsy Ross is widely credited with making the first American flag in 1776, and has been the site of Philadelphia's observance of Flag Day; and

WHEREAS, On June 14, 1777, the Stars and Stripes, boasting 13 stripes and 13 stars to represent the 13 states of the union, were officially adopted as the national flag of the United States. It has since evolved to accommodate 50 states while still paying homage to the original 13. This year marks the 241st anniversary of the flag's adoption; and

WHEREAS, In 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired by the American flag flying over Fort McHenry to write our National Anthem, which continues to embody the American spirit of liberty today; and

WHEREAS, On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a Presidential Proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day; and

WHEREAS, On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. On August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Flag Day Association was founded 84 years ago, in 1934, to encourage the celebration of Flag Day, respect for the United States flag, and the promotion of traditional American ideals. It is the oldest Flag Day Association in the United States; and

WHEREAS, On June 14, 2018 the Philadelphia Flag Day Association will host their 76th Flag Day Ceremony since 1940. These ceremonies have taken place at Independence Hall and, more recently, the Betsy Ross House and pay tribute to those who have fallen in battle and to those who have served and continue to serve the United States. All Philadelphians are encouraged to observe Flag Day by displaying t...

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