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Saturday, June 14, 2014

It's Flag Day!

Today I would like to share a little booklet I found that is just perfect for Flag Day but, before I do, I need to clear up some confusion about the Picnic Game. Some of you have already begun to request letters for the Picnic Game. As you might expect, that makes me really, really, really happy. However, in all fairness to everyone who would like to join in on the Picnic Game fun, the official “choosing of the letters” does not begin until International Picnic Day which is always on June 18th.

I must apologize for the confusion, I suppose I was getting a bit zealous in anticipation of the day. On International Picnic Day, Wednesday, June 18th, I will be posting: How To Play the Picnic Game and The “Rules.” On that day the “Choosing of the Letters” also begins. If you would like a refresher on playing the Picnic Game before Wednesday or if you are new to the Picnic Game and are curious as to how it is played, take at look last years post. Scroll down to the bottom for the “fine print.”

The History of Our Flag

The History of Our Flag is a small booklet published by the Fanny Farmer Candy Shops in 1937. Although the company was named after the infamous cookbook author Fannie Farmer, (the spelling of the first name was altered to avoid confusion) Ms. Farmer had nothing to do with the candy company. The booklet doesn’t go into great detail about Old Glory’s history.

For example, it doesn’t mention the Father of Flag Day, Bernard J. Cigrand. Nor does it mention Waubeka, Wisconsin, which is recognized as “The Birthplace of Flag Day”. Here’s an excerpt from their National Flag Day Celebration website.

Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand, the founding father of Flag Day in the United States, was the son of Nicholas and Susan Cigrand, immigrants from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Bernard was born in Waubeka, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin on October 1, 1866.  As a youngster, he displayed an early interest in American history, a devout patriotism for the land of America, and a great love for the flag of his country…

Bernard held the first observance of Flag Day on June 14, 1885 at Stony Hill School where observers recall the small American flag that stood in a bottle on his schoolroom desk.  On that day, the graduating students turned in themes he had assigned them on the subject of the American Flag. That was the beginning of many years of Bernard’s fervent effort to bring about a national observance of Flag Day.


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On the last page of the booklet there is a picture of “The Home of Betsy Ross.”

Although I have previously posted a rather in depth discussion on Betsy Ross and her place in Old Glory’s history, including recipes for Betsy Ross Pound Cake and Betsy Ross Cake, I’m almost embarrassed to admit I never really thought about the actual beginning of Flag Day and the person or people who were responsible for it. I can guarantee though by next Flag Day, I will know a lot more about Bernard Cigrand and the history of Flag Day!

I found this recipe for American Flag Cake in the current issue of All Recipes Magazine. It seems while I was in Idaho, Marion decided to renew her subscription, lol…

I also found an online video showing how to assemble the American Flag Cake. It’s actually easier than I thought it would be. (I wish I could have embedded it though:)

Have a GREAT weekend everyone and to all you Dad’s out there, Happy Father’s Day! “See” you Wednesday! Louise

Resources

1. Important Dates in the History of the American Flag
2. The History Of Flag Day
3 Flag Day Recipes

46 comments:

  1. My little sister's birthday is on Flag Day. When she was little, she thought dad put up the flag so people would know where the party was, and she would get upset if he tried to put it up for any other occasion.

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    1. Oh, that's such an adorable story, Poppy. Thank you so much for sharing...Happy Birthday to your "little" sister:)

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  2. Good evening Louise , what a great and information you have about our flag. There are so many things we take for granted and I think my lucky stars to know you and the important information you gives us . The flag cake is beautiful and I know it's just delish . I will share this post with my kids . I have been missing in action (MIA) but I am ready for the picnic game . Hope your toe and shoulder is better and you are mending well . Thanks for sharing and lots of (((HUGS))) to you and Marion . ;-D Nee

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, Nee. I just had to share that booklet:) Marion says thanks for the hugs. She hasn't been feeling well the last couple of days. I think it's this darn humidity! The Picnic Game is going to be fantastic this year!!!

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  3. Ok Louise dear! Now I understanf really I think would be soon but noe we have to wait by the letters:)
    Thanks Louise
    I love this flag cake loook beautuful@:)

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  4. Oh neat! I've never done a checkerboard cake of any sort. That would be a great one for the 4th!

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    1. I didn't even think of that cake for the 4th, Channon. But yes I think it would be just right!

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  5. Hi Louise, What a fabulous post...It is so important that Flag day is remembered, When I went to school, we all made flags to hang on our windows. In todays world I don't even think the children know about Flag Day. It is a shame. But I love your post and the photos are excellent. I adore the American Flag cakes, they look really good and yummy. So festive, not only for Flag Day, but any day, even July 4th. When I was in Girl Scouts, many years ago, we took a day trip and visited the Betsy Ross house and the Liberty Bell. So interesting. Thanks for sharing this post on this Flag Day, God Bless America...Have a glorious weekend...Dottie :)

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    1. I agree Dottie. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post!

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  6. Thanks for the clarification! Everyone is chomping at the bit for this Picnic Game! LOL Beautiful cake, Louise!

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  7. Great cake, Louise! I have to give it a try for my Fourth of July get together…I usually make a fruit tart with berries. Time for a change! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope you do, Kathy. I was so glad to find the assembly directions!

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  8. This is a great post Louise! That cake looks scrumptious too!

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  9. I can't imagine having the patience to make that flag cake, though it would also be great for the 4th of July.

    Unlike most Americans my age, I have no memory of Flag Day in school, except maybe a perfunctory mention of it. Can't recall any celebration. I wonder why.

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    1. The Flag Cake isn't as time consuming as you might think, Mae. But, I certainly understand, lol...I vaguely remember Flag Day at school too:)

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  10. You post the neatest things, Louise. What a great little booklet!
    When I see things like that cake, I'm with you...I think it would be tricky. But so often, when you read the directions, it's not as difficult as it looks. I just might try this cake!
    Looking forward to the picnic game this year!

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    1. So glad you liked it Barbara. I love sharing it! It's going to be another GREAT year for the Picnic Game. I can't wait!

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  11. Louise - I LOVE the American Flag Cake!!! But, look at that calorie count!! Patriotism has never been so fattening!

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    1. Lol, that's so funny, T.W. I never looked at the calorie count:)

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  12. Wow, that flag cake is impressive! We've a lot of flag days here whereby school children would be going around for donations to different charity groups. Not sure if it's the same type of event over at your side.....

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    1. I read that most country celebrate some sort of Flad Day celebration, Shirley, just on different days:)

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  13. Flag Day is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me -- mainly, I suppose, because so little notice is taken of it. Too bad -- it's one of the best "pure" holidays out there -- no hoopla associated with it, just a feeling of gratitude and wonder. Love that cake and the book. There's actually a Betsy Ross cocktail, and it's a good one. I wrote about it a few years ago for July 4th, but it's actually a better cold weather drink IMO -- it contains brandy and port, both of which are rather warming. Maybe appropriate for Washington's birthday! Fun post -- thanks.

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    1. I do think Flag Day should be more recognized John. Perhaps one of the reasons it isn't noticed as much as other holidays is because it doesn't get promoted for cash benefits. Too bad though. It is one of the best "pure" holidays.

      I don't recall that Betsy Ross Cocktail. It sounds good to me any time of the year! Thanks for visiting, John...

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  14. Oooo, another excuse to eat red white and blue food! Marking my calendar for "letter picking" day. I suppose I should plan a recipe first. I have had some trouble winging it in the past ;-)

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    1. Only one more day to go, Inger. You have done a very fine job of "winging it" as I recall:)

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    2. Only one more day, Inger:) From what I recall, you have done some mighty fine winging in the past!

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  15. What a cool cake! Although an Australian flag cake would be a pretty boring without the stars and union jack (which would be soo hard to include!)

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    1. Welcome House in Tillford. Thank you so much for visiting. I'm delighted you like the cake. An Australian Cake may be difficult but who needs an Australian Flag Cake when you have Anzac Biscuits, lol...

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  16. Louise,this cake looks fantastic....so beautiful with red,white and blue colors....yours has come out perfectly clean and is tempting us to try it out as soon as possible,thanks :-)

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    1. So glad you like the cake Kumar. I wish I had baked it but that's just a picture from the cookbook:)

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  17. That was very interesting Louise! I had no idea how the American flag changed over the years. And that cake perfectly themed with it looks great! Lots good info on your blog :-))

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    1. So glad you enjoyed your visit, Alida. It was fun to share:)

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  18. Interesting info on Flag Day! And those cakes looks fantastic!
    Looking forward to your announcement on The Picnic Game! :)

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    1. Thanks Joyce, glad you like it. Picnic Game announcement is almost ready!

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  19. WOW! I love this post and the beautiful cake. Thank you very much for sharing :)

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    1. Delighted, Ann! It was fun to share!

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  20. That cake is brilliant. Perfect for flag day.

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  21. I love that cake! And I will be here bright and early on the 18th to get a good letter!

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    1. So glad Pam. I'm thrilled you will be playing the Picnic Game. However, the post won't be up until 12 noon:)

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  22. Interesting post. I never knew that the founder of Flag Day was from Wisconsin, the state that I grew up in. Very interesting. I love the flag cake. I think that it looks like it would be complicated to make.

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    1. That is surprising, Dawn. I would think they would have taught it in school. I really think Flag Day needs more Press, lol...Thanks for visiting...

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  23. I am such a flag junkie! I have Americana embroideries--mostly of flags and eagles--all over the house! How did I miss this cookbook! And, if truth be told, I've never made a flag cake like the one in the photo! Others--but this is the best! Next year!

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