In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th to be recognized as “Flag Day”.
At that time, there were 48 stars on the field of blue. New Mexico and Arizona had most recently been admitted to the union in 1912. Minnesota’s star had been the 32nd added to the flag in 1858, 10 years after neighboring Wisconsin and 31 years before both Dakotas were granted statehood. Our Star Spangled Banner was adorned with it’s present compliment of 50 stars when Alaska and Hawaii joined the fold in the late 50s.
On “Flag Day”, the Brainerd Sertoma Club will again line our streets and highways with The Stars And Stripes, as they will on the Fourth Of July. We thank them for their efforts.