Honoring the red, white and blue

Leading up to Independence Day, the nation celebrates Flag Day on June 14 to honor the American flag and what it represents. Over the weekend, Flag Day ceremonies will be held across the state—offering Illinoisans an opportunity to learn about proper flag etiquette and honor the “red, white and blue.”

The American Flag is a powerful symbol of liberty and equal opportunity for all who live in the United States. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national day to honor the country’s flag. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States in 1777.

Under federal law, there are flag etiquette standards that must be followed out of respect for the flag. Click here to read more about proper flag etiquette under the United States Flag Code.


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