The hymn for the month of June for the American Legion Auxiliary Bolton Post #19 ties in with Flag Day, “You’re a Grand Old Flag” an American patriotic march written by George M. Cohan, as a tribute to the American Flag.

Along with references to the flag, it incorporates snippets of other popular songs. Cohan met a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded, but ragged old flag. The man reportedly then turned to Cohan and said, “She’s a grand old rag.” Cohan thought it was a great line and originally named his tune “You’re a Grand Old Rag”. So many groups and individuals objected to calling the flag a “rag”, however, that he “gave them what they wanted” and switched words, renaming the song “You’re a Grand Old Flag”.

Flag Day is June 14, it falls within National Flag Week. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days.

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state.

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.

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