President’s Day and their Flag

 

President’s Day or as the federal government calls it “Washington’s Birthday”. A holiday to honor our first president, George Washington. The turn of the 19th century brought the observance of his birthday on February 22nd. It took until 1879 for the U.S. government to make it an official holiday and by 1885 all federal office were closed for a day of recognition. For the next 90 plus years this is how the holiday was recognized until 1971. Congress created the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (Pub.L.90-363), meaning that certain federal holidays would fall on Mondays. The idea was to give people more three-day weekends in hopes that they would take less time off from work.

The Presidential flag has gone through many changes over the years. The design you see today has remained mostly consistent since President Truman made changes in 1945. The major change during this time was changing the eagle to face towards the right (the direction of honor). The flag also went from four stars to a circular ring of 48 stars around the eagle. The only modification has been the addition of two more stars to represent Alaska and Hawaii which has been in effect since 1960. The current flag is defined in Executive Order 10860 and has not changed since. 

You can find the Presidential flag in the oval office, on the President’s motorcade and near during press conferences.  The flag has never flown at half-staff and it is illegal to reproduce or sell the flag of the President pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code § 713. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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