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Today is Flag Day

June 14. Today is Flag Day, the 245th anniversary of the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777. Flag Day pays homage to this symbol of democracy and freedom that serves as a beacon for all Americans.

All North Carolinians are encouraged to display the U.S. flag at full staff to honor our country, history, service members and veterans of the US Armed Forces.

“On this Flag Day, we honor this symbol of democracy and freedom,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Our service members and veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our country, and we are grateful for their service.”

Flag Day was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Today also commemorates the birthday of the U.S. Army.