Flag Day Proclamation 22 May 2017
National Flag Day
June 14, 2017
June 14th, is National Flag Day, a day when Americans celebrate the meaning of their nation’s flag, honor the traditions associated with its care, and educate those around them to its significance. The Flag of the United States is to be honored and carries with it both history and traditions. There are three Flag Acts which are laws that sought to define the design of the flag of the United States.
Flag Act of 1777
On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an Official flag for the new nation, the Second Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
Flag Act of 1794
The Flag Act of 1794 was signed into law by President George Washington on January 13, 1794. It changed the design of the flag to accommodate the admission into the Union of the states Vermont and Kentucky. It provided for fifteen stripes as well as fifteen stars. This would be the only official flag of the United States not to have thirteen stripes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That from and after the first day of May, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, the flag of the United States, be fifteen stripes alternate red and white. That the Union be fifteen starts, white in a blue field.
Flag Act of 1818
The Flag Act of 1818 was enacted by Congress on April 4, 1818. It provided for the modern rule of having thirteen stripes to represent the original thirteen colonies and having the number of stars match the number of states. It also provided that subsequent changes in the number of stars be made on July 4, Independence Day.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of American, in Congress assembled, That from and after the fourth day of July next, the flag of the United States be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be twenty starts, white in a blue field.
And be it further enacted, That on the admission of every new state into the Union, one star be added to the union of the flag, and that such additional shall take effect of the fourth day of July then next succeeding such admission.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson called for the nation-wide observance of Flag Day. In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed congress’ decree, making June 14th of each year National Flag Day. In 1966, Congress requested that the president issue annually a proclamation designing the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.
Flag Day is a time when American reflect on the foundation of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their beliefs in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.
So, remember to raise your United States flag high on June 14th, and pay tribute to the symbol which means so much to all of us—our nation’s flag.
Yours in Patriotism,
J. Michael Tomme, Sr.
President General 2016-2017
National Society Sons of the American Revolution
- July 4 --- Redlands Parade / Encampment - Color Guard at Sylvan Park*
- July --- No Board Meeting, Summer Break
- July --- No Chapter meeting, Summer Break
- AUGUST --- No Board Meeting, Summer Break
- AUGUST --- No Chapter meeting, Summer Break
- SEPTEMBER TBA --- Board of Directors Meeting TBA
- SEPTEMBER 16 --- Chapter meeting TBA.
- OCTOBER TBA --- Board of Directors Meeting TBA
- OCTOBER 21 --- Chapter meeting TBA.
- May 15 --- Board of Directors Meeting
- Chapter Meeting MAY 20 2017
1180 Alabama St, Redlands, CA 92374
Program: Compatriot Charles Frye on his new book -
"The War has Begun"
The War has Begun is the first of four books I am writing about Major Isaac Frye in the Duty in the Cause of Liberty series. These books are the product of fourteen years of research about my ancestor, who served longer than any other as an officer in the Continental Army.
If you've ever wondered what it would have been like to stand beside the men and women who fought for American independence, here's your chance. The books follow Isaac Frye, a farmer from Wilton, New Hampshire, who responds to the early morning alarm of April 19, 1775, carried by Paul Revere and William Dawes. This story is true, and only the actual people who participated in the events with Isaac Frye are included as characters-no fictional characters were created to enhance or embellish the narrative. The books portray the American Revolutionary War from the perspective of the middle class, as they follow Isaac Frye, who served from the first day of the Continental Army's existence through being in the last unit disbanded. No other man, including George Washington, served longer as an officer. The War Has Begun introduces Isaac and tells the story of how his commitment to liberty and eventually American independence shape unimagined sacrifices for himself, his family, and his town.
Autographed copies of The War has Begun will be available after the meeting.
Charles E. Frye in uniform repesenting the Redlands SAR with his book "The War has Begun (Duty in the Cause of Liberty Book 1)" at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Campus, Los Angeles, United States 90089, booth #163 on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:00 AM -->
Redlands Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Award Winning
Click for Color Guard information page
Click for information on the Col. John E. Ford Memorial Scholarship Fund
For more information on the Sons of the American Revolution contact:
Redlands Chapter President
CaCalifornia Society Sons of the American RevolutionCalifornia Society SAR Officers
When to Fly the Flag
The flag can be displayed on all days, but in particular it should be flown on:
- New Year's Day, January 1
- Inauguration Day, January 20
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, third Monday in January
- Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
- Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February
- Easter Sunday (variable)
- Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
- Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
- Memorial Day (half-staff until noon*), the last Monday in May
- Flag Day, June 14
- Independence Day, July 4
- Labor Day, first Monday in September
- California Admission Day (for those in California), September 9
- Constitution Day, September 17
- Columbus Day, second Monday in October
- Navy Day, October 27
- Veterans Day, November 11
- Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
- Christmas Day, December 25
- Other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
- The birthdays of States (date of admission)
- State holidays
*On Memorial Day, the flag should be hung at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to the top of the staff.