June 14, 1777
The Second Continental Congress (not to be confused with the FIRST Continental Congress) resolved that the Stars and Stripes would be the official flag of the United States of America on this day in 1777. Although we often associate the Betsy Ross creation with our first flag (you know the one with the circle pattern of stars?), it was actually the flag below that Congress voted in. The stars are in a 3-2-3-2-3 pattern (it sounds a bit like a soccer formation to me) and was designed by one of the Congressmen.
In the small town of Waubeka, Wisconsin, a schoolteacher named Bernard J. Cigrand rounded up the students of Stony Hill School and held the first formal observance of Flag Day in 1885. Cigrand's spent a great deal of the remainder of his career promoting patriotism and Flag Day throughout the country. At a certain point, Cigrand commented that he had thus far given 2,188 speeches on the subject.
Cigrand has been noted as being the "Father of Flag Day" and the Chicago Tribune stated that he "almost single-handedly" established the holiday. Upon my recent relocation to Wisconsin, there were a few things that were made clear to me right away...here are just a few...1) the State nearly shuts down if the Packers are playing, 2) bratwurst is a food group of its own, 3) Harley Davidson's are NOT your ordinary motorcycle, and 4) Bernard Cigrand and the Stony Hill School in Waubeka can be credited for the patriotic date celebrating our nation's flag.
Wisconsin Beer Braised Brats
(You can tote cooked brats and the beer cooking liquid to your tailgating site in an insulated container. Serve within 1 to 2 hours.)
Easy Cranberry-Pickle Relish