Flag Day – June 14

Flag Day
In memory of the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States, the president proclaims June 14 as Flag Day every year. Americans respond by displaying the flag and holding other patriotic demonstrations.

The most widely known symbol of a nation is its flag – a piece of cloth with a picture or design that represents something special about that nation. In the United States, that flag, of course, is the Stars and Stripes.

Every part of the flag’s design represents an American ideal. The red, white, and blue colors are symbolic of the American spirit – red for hardiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, and blue for perseverance and justice. The 13 red and white stripes stand for the original 13 colonies. And the stars represent the 50 states.

For more than 200 years, the Stars and Stripes has flown over the United States in good times and in bad. Created during the Revolutionary War, the flag has changed as the nation has changed, but the ideals for which it stands have not.

Honoring the Stars and Stripes 

In 1942, Congress adopted the Flag Code – a set of rules governing the use and treatment of the U.S. flag. The code is based on the principle that the flag should be honored and respected as a symbol of the nation it represents. Here are just a few of the rules to give you an idea of how we are to treat our national flag:

Flag Etiquette

The U.S. flag should be displayed every day except when weather conditions might damage it. It is customarily displayed from sunrise to sunset but can be flown 24 hours a day. It should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.

When flown with a group of flags other than national flags on separate staffs, the U.S. flag must be in the center and higher than the others.

If there are other national flags being displayed, they should be flown on separate staffs of the same height and of the same size as the U.S. flag.

During times of mourning, raise the flag to its peak then lower it to half-mast. Raise it to peak again before lowering it at the end of the day.

When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

At no time should the U.S. flag touch the ground, the floor, or anything beneath it.

The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.

The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.

The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

Discarding the flag

When a flag is no longer usable, the most dignified way to destroy it is to burn it. But burning a flag that is still fit for display is considered a sign of political protest. It’s also the subject of much debate. Research the issue of flag-burning. Then write a newspaper opinion piece, editorial, letter to the editor, editorial cartoon, column that summarizes your thoughts about this issue.

Here is a great interactive site for you to check out: americanhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/

Information and activities are from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide and Patriotism tab distributed by the NIE Institute.


Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. What is it?

D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy from Ducksters.com

On June 6, 1944 the Allied Forces of Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. With a huge force of over 150,000 soldiers, the Allies attacked and gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II in Europe. This famous battle is sometimes called D-Day or the Invasion of Normandy. Read more at http://www.ducksters.com.

Memories of D-Day and the rest of World War II live on in countless photographs, books and museums, but the firsthand stories get fewer and fewer each day. Check out the stories of just a few of the veterans who lived through it in today’s Grand Forks Herald.

Find out more about the history of D-Day, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more.  Get all of the facts on HISTORY.COM.

Welcome 2014 Awesome Authors!

These students (who will be entering grades 1-3 in the next school year) are participating in a summer creative writing class taught by Laura Knox, kindergarten teacher at Viking Elementary in Grand Forks. The students came to the Herald to learn about writing and reporting the news. They were even equipped with pencils and notebooks. Check out their blog by clicking on the following link: Awesome Authors.


Their teacher Laura Knox, was recently named the ND Newspaper Association NIE Teacher of the Year for her work incorporating the Grand Forks Herald into the curriculum.

Congratulations Laura!


Memorial Day Resources

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/

Here are some Memorial Day Resources

Mother’s Day Projects

Sunday is Mother’s Day – a holiday that honors mothers for their love and dedication to their families.  Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May each year.  Here are some fun Mother’s Day projects from Kid News and Family Fun Magazine.  

To download the page click here

(Note:  If you are going to print the page, check the fit to page setting  on your printer.  The page is bigger than letter size.)