FLAG DAY LESSON
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comprehension passage and questions (see
Students should read the story silently,
then answer the questions about the story that follow. Discuss the
answers to the questions with the students.
Excerpt from passage
On June 14 of each year, the United States celebrates the birthday of our flag. The American flag was adopted by a resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, less than a year after the Declaration of Independence was accepted. The flag was designed to symbolize a new nation.
In 1861, Connecticut became the first state to observe Flag Day. On June 14 of that year, the stars and stripes flew in a celebration that took place in Hartford. It was the first summer of the Civil War. The first national celebration of Flag Day took place on June 14, 1877. On that day, every state celebrated Flag Day. It was the 100th anniversary of the flag's adoption as the symbol of America. In the years that followed, some states continued to recognize Flag Day, others did not. In 1949, Congress resolved, “that the 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated Flag Day.” This made Flag Day an annual national event. President Harry S. Truman signed that proclamation into law.
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