Today is Flag Day, celebrated annually on June 14. Flag Day also celebrates a 100th anniversary milestone this year; it was officially established by proclamation of Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Long before the official government commemoration, various unofficial “flag days” had been celebrated in locations around the country since after the Civil War. The first official celebration of a flag day on June 14 was in Philadelphia in 1892. (June 14 is the anniversary of the adoption of the stars and stripes in 1777). Soon after, other states began commemorating Flag Day, especially in the schools.
Here in Colorado, Flag Day was first celebrated in 1894 in Denver through the suggestion of the local chapter of the Sons of the Revolution. It was proclaimed a legal holiday in Colorado in 1901. An example of Colorado’s Flag Day sentiments can be found in Governor Jesse McDonald’s 1905 Flag Day proclamation: