Posts Tagged ‘Flag Day’

Touch Not That Flag

June 14, 2012

Image from Son of the South


Traitor spare that flag!
Touch not a single star!
Its sheltering glory now
Still blazes near and far;
‘Twas our forefathers’ hand
That placed it o’er our head,
And thou shalt let it stand,
Or perish with the dead.

That dear old precious flag,
Whose glory and renown
Are spread o’er land and sea,
And would’st then tear it down?
Traitor! forbear thy touch!
Rend not its heart-bound ties!
Oh, spare that glorious flag,
Still streaming in the skies.

When I was yet a boy,
I gloried in the sight,
And raised my voice in joy
To greet its folds of light —
For it my home is dear;
Dear is my native land;
Forgive this foolish tear,
But let that flag stand!

My heart-strings round thee cling
Close as the stripe, old friend;
Thy praises men shall sing,
Till time itself shall end.
Old flag, the storm still brave,
And, Traitor, leave the spot!
While I’ve a hand to save,
Thy touch shall harm it not!

Allen County Democrat (Lima, Ohio) Jan 28, 1863

Sign of a Nation, Great and Strong

June 14, 2012

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Jun 14, 1947

Our American Flag

Our flag has valor for stripes of red,
A gruesome symbol of the blood shed
To preserve precious freedom of speech,
Right in public assembly to preach.

Pureness of purposes the white shows,
Gives the choice of religion which grows
As we worship in the church we choose,
Nothing that is right do we refuse.

The blue is for courage, loyalty
Of women left behind, royalty
Brave, to whom the war will never end,
Vets’ broken bodies, spirits, they mend.

Stars for states that love, honor, our flag,
A grand symbol, not only a rag,
In service blue ones in windows hung,
Were gold, when taps for heroes was sung.

The American Flag, red, white, blue,
As it waves up high for me or you,
Represents the best of life’s treasure,
Privileges so great none can measure!

(Melitta Foeste King)

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Jun 13, 1959

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Jun 14, 1945

Observing Flag Day

Ample opportunity will be afforded Sunday for the public to participate in observance of Flag Day.

The people will be paying homage Sunday for the last time — officially — to the 48-star flag. It is the standard the people have known longest — since Arizona was admitted to the Union in 1912. The 48-star flag will be superseded on July 4 by a new flag recognizing Alaska as the 49th state. The life of the new standard will be brief. On July 4, 1960, it will be replaced by a flag with a 50th star for Hawaii.

Display of the new flag would be improper before Independence Day, but after that day the 48-star emblems will not be discarded. The White House announced early this year that “with limited exceptions, agencies of the federal government will continue to display the 48-star flag so long as it is still in good condition.”

Observance of Flag Day dates back to June 14, 1885, when Dr. Bernard Cigrand, then a 19-year-old teacher at the Stony Hill school near Wauheka and Fredonia in Ozaukee County, had his students write themes on the subject of the American Flag. The next year he proposed that the day be observed nationally. However, it was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson issued an official Flag Day proclamation.

In observing Flag Day, it would be well to note that a number of countries have adopted the Red, White and Blue in tribute to the encouragement given them by the United States in their efforts to gain independence. This is particularly true in regard to the Republics of Liberia, Cuba, Panama, and the Philippines. Each of these independent nations directly owes its existence to the fact hat such a course was fostered by your country. As a result, their flags derive from the Stars and Stripes of the United States.

The refusal of Spain to withdraw troops from Cuba led to occupation of the island by American forces. After the defeat of the Spanish in 1898, American military rule continued only long enough for the Cubans to adopt a constitution and elect their first congress. This congress met for the first time in 1902.

Granting full freedom for the Philippines was more recent. It took two wars to wrest the Filipinos from Spanish and later Japanese rulers. They obtained full freedom in 1946, shortly after World War II, and at a time when the Russian Communists were destroying freedom in such countries as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and large parts of the Balkan area.

The red, white and blue flags of these countries provide the answer to the claims of Russian Communists that our country is imperialistic. Further answer is found in this country’s favorable attitude toward efforts of other areas to gain independence.

Thus, in paying tribute to the U.S. Flag tomorrow, we will be recognizing not only the freedoms enjoyed in our country but in other republics as well.
As in previous years, Flag Day ceremonies will be held at the Cigrand memorial in Waubeka early Sunday afternoon and at the restored Stony Hill schoolhouse at 4:30 p.m. Locally, a special Flag Day program has been arranged by the Sheboygan Lodge of the Elks, beginning at 1 p.m. with a motorcade from intersection of 8th Street and Ontario Avenue to the Elks Club at 1943 Erie Ave.

We are also reminded that display of the flag throughout the community will be an important contribution to the observance of Flag Day.

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) 13 Jun 1959

Appleton Post Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin) Jun 14, 1922

Let’s Read About — Old Glory

Let’s read about OLD GLORY,
As often as we can —
It’s fascinating history,
A thrill packed story,
For every American.

Let’s read about OLD GLORY,
The story of her birth —
Man’s boundless faith
In Men of fate —
Born to glorify the earth.

Let’s read about OLD GLORY,
And meet those noble souls
Who night and day
Fought all the way . . .
Immortalizing their roles.

Let’s read about OLD GLORY,
And learn on what blest morn
George told Betsy what to do
With stars and stripes, and know
How our GRAND FLAG was born.

Let’s read about OLD GLORY,
And the Freedoms she unfurls —
Freeing King and Slave
From a coward’s grave . . .
In both worlds.

Let’s read about OLD GLORY,
As often as we can —
A blood and thunder history
For Liberty and Democracy,
The glory of every American.

April 6, 1948
High Falls, N.Y.

Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York) Apr 16, 1948

About Bernard J. Cigrand:

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Jun 14, 1945

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Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Jun 14, 1947

We are fortunate, indeed!

Keep It Flying

June 14, 2010


There is something in a flag, and a little burnished eagle,
That is more than emblematic — it is glorious, it’s regal.
You may never live to feel it, you may never be in danger,
You may never visit foreign lands, and play the role of stranger;
You may never in the army check the march of an invader,
You may never on the ocean cheer the swarthy cannonader.

But if these should happen to you, then, when age is on you pressing,
And your great big, booby boy comes to ask your final blessing;
You will tell him: Son of mine, be your station proud or frugal,
When you country calls her children, and you hear the blare of bugle,
Don’t stop to think of Kansas, or the quota of your county,
don’t you go to asking questions, don’t you stop for pay or bounty,
But you volunteer at once; and you go where orders take you,
And obey them to the letter if they make you or they break you.

Hunt that flag and then stay with it, be you wealthy or plebeian;
Let the women sing the dirges, scrape the line and chant the paean.
Though the magazines and journals teem with anti-war persuasion,
And the stay-at-homes and cowards gladly take the little occasion,
Don’t you ever dream of asking, “Is the war a right or wrong one?”
You are in it, and your duty is to make the fight a strong one,
And you stay till it is over, be the war a short or long one.

Make amends when war is over, then the power with you is lying,
Then, if wrong, do ample justice — but that flag, you keep it flying;
If that flag goes down to ruin, time will then, without a warning,
Turn the dial back to midnight and the world must wait till morning.

— Written 30 years ago by Eugene F. Ware (“Ironquill”).

The Carroll Herald (Carroll, Iowa) May 27, 1914

Flag Day

June 14, 2009


Flag Day.

The fourteenth of June of every year has been set apart by Congress as a National holiday in honor of the adoption on that date 118 years ago of the stars and strips as the flag of our country.

This year Flag Day will be made memorable in all parts of the country by celebrations at which collections will be taken up for a fund for the erection of a monument in Frederick to Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The Key Monument Association as announced in yesterday’s News, will hold a celebration of the day tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the grave of Key in Mt. Olivet cemetery, which the people are cordially invited to attend.

An interesting program will be rendered and a handsome new flag will be flung to the breeze from the thirty-five foot staff recently erected at the grave side. It is to be hoped that from every business house, every dwelling, aye, from every humble home in Frederick a flag of some kind will float tomorrow.

Our flag is the sacred symbol of our liberties.

Let us do it full honor on its natal day.

The News (Frederick, Maryland) Jun 13, 1895



Today is the Anniversary of the Birth of U.S. Flag.

Today, June 14, is the anniversary of the birth of our glorious emblem of freedom, the Stars and Stripes. For it was on the 14th of June, 1777, that congress enacted “That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Then today, everywhere, Old Glory floats in honor throughout the land, and, wherever possible, exercises are appropriately held to commemorate the first coming into existence of the American Flag. Throughout the city, on school and public buildings and from private dwellings, the flag and national colors salute the eye. Never before has the country been so thoroughly united as today, when north and south have joined in one just cause as brothers. For this reason the observance of flag day is especially appropriate.

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Jun 14, 1898

TODAY is flag day.

On June 14, 1777, congress adopted the present form of hte American flag. The first flag had 13 stars representing 13 struggling colonies, now it has 45, representing 45 states the most resourseful, powerful and majestic in the world.

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) Jun 14, 1898



THIS nation is observing flag day today. It is an occasion for raising to the loftiest pedestal the symbol of our national greatness.

And glorious symbol it is. Behind the stars and stripes, one sees the righteous wars that have been fought and the victorious conclusion in each case. One sees the struggle of the colonists, most of them moved by a passion for religious liberty and willing to face privation and hunger for an ideal. One sees the march westward of the pioneers who gave us our Abraham Lincoln. One sees the steamship developed and one sees the early-day wood-burning locomotives pushing their way into the almost unexplored frontier regions. One sees the beginning of the era of science and its vast strides, hand in hand with labor-saving machinery. One sees the march of education from crude beginnings to the present temples of learning more costly than the palaces of olden kings.

All of these pictures are in that old flag. It’s a living thing, a never-ending inspiration. May the day never come when the sight of Old Glory fails to stimulate a thrill  of pride in those who look upon its beauteous folds.

Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) Jun 14, 1929



It is related that when the Chinese first saw the American colors, they said, “A ship has arrived, with a flag as beautiful as a flower,” and they called, in their poetical phraseology, ours the “flower flag country.” A writer in the Litchfield (Conn.) Enquirer, has seized upon this idea as the basis of the following beautiful little poem, which we cannot but admire, although hardly assenting to the substantial truthfulness of the refrain —
The banner of a — slaveless shore.”

Where proud the ships spread their snowy wings
Over the world-wide sea,
Floats beautiful upon the breeze
The Flag of Liberty.
Oh, stainless be it evermore,
The banner of a slaveless shore!

Its shade is on the northern hills,
And on the southern plains —
It waives above the prairie flower,
And boundless empire gains —
Oh, stainless be it evermore,
The banner of a slaveless shore.

When first its folds were flung abroad,
Then freely bled the brave —
They fought beneath its stripes and stars,
For freedom or the grave.
Oh, stainless be it evermore,
The banner of a slaveless shore!

Say freemen! what shall be its fate,
In the dim future time?
Cleanse ye the land it represents,
From every taint of crime.
Oh, stainless be it evermore,
The banner of a slaveless shore.

Huron Reflector (Norwalk, Ohio) Jan 1, 1850