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Celebrate Flag Day

Flag Day BannerThe home of Flag Day is only about 35 miles from Milwaukee in the tiny town of Waubeka, Wisconsin. Although home to less than 1,000 people, Waubeka’s claim to fame is Flag Day. Beginning around 1885, local teacher Bernard Cigrand spent years petitioning Congress to formally acknowledge a day to honor the United States flag.

Flag Day was not made official until President Woodrow Wilson formally established the observance in 1916. Several people in addition to Cigrand are credited with trying to get Flag Day formalized, but Cigrand’s name appears prominently among the history of the event.

Enjoy some fun with flags on Flag Day!

Five American flags were planted on the moon by Apollo missions and are still posted.
The U.S. flag has two nicknames: Old Glory and the Stars and Stripes.
The U.S. flag has 50 stars, one for each state.
The 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies of the United States.

For more information, visit the National Flag Day Foundation or the Flag Day page on the History Channel website.

Contacts

Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

armsev@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
414-688-9664

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

douglas@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
414-940-2702

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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