From the Commander of Kadosh (June, 2018)

posted Jun 8, 2018, 1:34 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Greetings,

 

  The Star Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes, and Old Glory are but a few names that The American Flag goes by. This month we are given the opportunity to give our respect to a fabric that has woven so much history in our world. June 14th, this day was chosen by BJ Cigrand in 1885 to have 'Flag Birthday' or 'Flag day'. He arranged to have this observance for his students in Fredonia Wisconsin. In 1889, George Balch, of New York did the same for his pupils. Two years later the  New York school board adopted this observance. Many important groups, and individuals supported this day, and it grew. On June 14th 1894, over 300,000 children in schools observed this day. This was not only for the children, in 1914, Franklin K. Lane spoke to what the flag uttered to him that morning "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself". The day was made an anniversary when Woodrow Wilson made the proclamation in 1916. August 3rd 1949, our brother and President Truman signed an act of congress designating June 14th of every year as National Flag Day. With this we are given the opportunity to observe the flag of our great country every year. For this we may thank teachers, children, and masonry.

 

June 14th, take 5 minutes of your day and watch on the internet our brother Richard "Red" Skelton speak of Old Glory when he describes the pledge of allegiance.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgkSrMi5OGY

 

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