June 14: Flag Day

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(AL.com) — June 14 is Flag Day, a time to honor Old Glory.

The day marks the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress in the First Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777. The first resolution signified the flag should be "13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

President Woodrow Wilson signed the first national proclamation designating June 14, 1916 as National Flag Day. President Calvin Coolidge did the same in 1927 but it wasn't until 1949 that it was officially signed into law by President Harry Truman.

Flag Day is not a federal holiday but it is a state holiday in New York and Pennsylvania.

Quick list of Flag Etiquette Don'ts:
► Don't dip the U.S. Flag for any person, flag, or vessel.
► Don't let the flag touch the ground.
► Don't fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.
► Don't carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.
► Don't use the flag as clothing.
► Don't store the flag where it can get dirty.
► Don't use it as a cover.
► Don't fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.
► Don't draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.
► Don't use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red.

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