WEST CHESTER State Senator Andy Dinnimam recently marked Flag Day with a display of American flags from throughout history outside his West Chester District Office.
This year marked the 236th anniversary of the adoption of the Flag of the United States and what better way for us to celebrate our patriotism and pride in our nation than to fly the Flag, look back on its heritage and recognize all those who served and currently serve under it, Dinniman said.
Dinniman partnered with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, West Chester Lodge No. 853 for the display of eight American Flags from throughout history outside his district office in historic downtown West Chester.
The flags on display were the following:
The Liberty Tree Flag of 1775.
The Gadsden Flag of 1775.
The Grand Union Flag of 1776.
The Betsy Ross Flag of 1776.
The 15 Star Flag of 1795.
The 20 Star Flag of 1796.
The 48 Star Old Glory Flag of 1912.
The current Flag of the United States.
Dinniman was be joined by several troops of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 105 of Exton sponsored by Saints Phillips and James Roman Catholic Parish.
Our flag has been flown with pride all over the globe. It has been planted on the Moon. It has given us comfort and hope in times of national tragedy, and been a symbol of freedom and liberty around the world, Dinniman said. I hope everyone can come out to join in the celebration of our flag and its heritage.
The idea of an annual day dedicated specifically to celebrating the flag is believed to have originated in 1885 with Bernard J. Cigrand, a public schoolteacher from Wisconsin. The idea caught on and after three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. Still, it was not until August 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.