June 14 is Flag Day in the U.S., but what does that mean? According to the Veterans Administration, both President Wilson (1916) and President Coolidge (1927) issued proclamations calling for a nationwide observation of Flag Day on this particular day, but it wasn't until August 1949 that Congress approved the request and was signed by President Truman.
I've compiled a short list of resources to help your family learn more about this day, which commemorates the creation of our grand old flag. Also included: rules and tips regarding flag use and retirement.
For Younger Children (K-5)
- YouTube reading of the book "F is for Flag" by Wendy Cheyette Lewison Illustrated by Barbara Duke
- Short video by PBS Learning Media
- Free Flag Day printable coloring pages
- Books about the American flag for young readers
For Older Children
- YouTube video by Drexel University Online, "The History of the U.S. Flag"
- Video and article by the History Channel
- An article with historical art and images from the Library of Congress