National Flag week pins are spirited, patriotic and super awesome!

On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This assignment coincided with the day that Congress adopted the Stars and Strips as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. Bernard J Cigrand would go on to campaign for an official Flag Day in which to commemorate this day. Finally, President Wilson, on May 30, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day.

Last year, President Barack Obama designated the entire week of commemoration, and although Flag Day is not a federal holiday, he had this to say, “Our flag’s journey has been long. It has seen our Nation through war and peace, triumph and tragedy. It flew above the walls of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, at the outset of the Civil War. It stood on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. During the Civil Rights Movement, determined protesters on the streets of Selma, Alabama, proudly displayed its colors. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Old Glory flew over the southwestern wall of the Pentagon and the rubble of the World Trade Center.”

It is encouraged that all fly their flags for the entire week and wear their flag lapel pins. “The Stars and Stripes tells our nation’s story and embodies its highest ideals. Its display reminds us of America’s promise and guides us toward a brighter tomorrow,” Obama said.

Celebrating this observance can take many forms. Flying flags from the front entrance of a home, an office or other institution is one manner. Small flags on stands can be placed on counters, desks and window sills and of course the flag pin can be worn. Everyday of the week, on whatever you are wearing, a flag pin can be worn to celebrate this symbol of what the nation is and has been.

Here at The Monterey Company, we recommend taking it all a step further by flying your flags and wearing your pins all the way through to Independence Day!