Calling upon all members to get the flags out for June 14th!
As the fourth of July holiday sneaks up on us, we wanted to remind all SAR members that Wednesday June 14th is “Flag Day”.
The following is an announcement and reminder from Bruce Pickette the National SAR President General.
Time to get the flags out and honor the most visible sign of our freedoms and remembrance of all how endured to make the United States of America the bastion of freedom throughout the world.
Flag Day Message – from National SAR President General – Bruce Pickette
Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day. In the midst of the war for our Nation’s independence, on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted a flag as a symbol of our fledgling Union.
Research points to 1861 when Jonathan Flynt Morris, a founding member of the Sons of the American Revolution’s Connecticut Society, as having first proposed a national recognition of Flag Day. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson first issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.
In August 1949 Flag Day was officially established by an Act of Congress. On June 9, 1966 Congress requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the week during which June 14 falls as “National Flag Week” and called upon all citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.
The American Flag Certificate Program of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was authorized in 1987. Certificates are presented to individuals, companies and government agencies that fly the United States flag for patriotic purposes only. It is not presented to a commercial entity that obviously flies the flag for advertising purposes.
The Admiral William R. Furlong Memorial Award is presented annually at the SAR Congress to the state societies which have fulfilled the qualifications during the previous year.
To qualify, each state society and a majority of its chapters must present, during the previous year, at least one Flag Certificate to a person or organization who qualifies.
The Stars and Stripes tells our Nation’s story and embodies its highest ideals and remains the most visible symbol world wide of our great country.
On June 14, 2023, we will observe the 246th birthday of the Flag of the United States of America.
This special day provides a time for our Nation to reflect on our flag’s rich history and its meaning to Americans and people around the world.
I urge you to fly your United States flag on June 14th and to participate in the Society’s American Flag Certificate Program through your chapter.
C. Bruce Pickette
President General (2022-2023)
Howard Miller – Cincinnati Chapter Flag Collection
Note that the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has a collection of historic flags that exceeds 50. The following is a brochure which lists the flag collection contents and some background behind each flag. Enjoy learning about the significance of these unique flags.