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An oft-overlooked holiday on the calendar is Flag Day, June 14, which celebrates the official establishment of the American flag. The occasion was first created by a young Wisconsin schoolteacher. Bernard Cigrand, then a 19-year-old instructor for $40 a month in a one-room schoolhouse north of Milwaukee, is credited with the first observance of Flag Day, in 1885. It was only the first of a lifelong devotion to annual celebrations of the U.S. flag. A son of immigrants from Luxembourg, Cigrand was an American history enthusiast who sought to share his love of country with his pupils in their rural school near ...

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