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Social Club: Flag Day

Flag Day, also called National Flag Day in the United States, is a day honoring the national flag, observed on June 14th. The holiday commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag.

The idea to set aside a day to honor the national flag came from several sources. Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin schoolteacher, in 1885 urged his students to observe June 14 as “Flag Birthday.” He later wrote an essay published in a Chicago newspaper that urged Americans to proclaim this date as the day to celebrate the flag. In 1888 William T. Kerr of Pennsylvania founded the American Flag Day Association of Western Pennsylvania, an organization to which he dedicated his life. A lesser-known claim is that of George Morris of Connecticut, who is said to have organized the first formal celebration of the day in Hartford in 1861.

As of today, it is a national known day to honor the American Flag and all that it represents. We at New Deal, held a celebration for this important American holiday during the course of two hours on our latest social club, in which we had the opportunity to receive first hand information about how to celebrate this day as a native American, all of that was possible thanks to the presence of our friend and fellow native teacher Joao, who lives in Los Angeles, CA.

He gave us an insight on how a traditional Flag Day would be celebrated in a regular American home. It was really interesting and fun, besides our students got the chance to interact with him and also ask him some questions, regarding the holiday and also about the English language itself. However, that was not the only activity we carried out during that celebration, we also got to play “Odd one Out”, this game allowed students and attendees classify word groups by categories and kick the intruder out, that is, they had to group certain list of nouns, adjectives or verbs, into a common category.

Everyone could get the chance to express themselves and by the end of the night it really felt like a real celebration. The only two things missing were the fireworks and the barbecue.

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