Flag Day 2012
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11
Fort Sumter National Monument will celebrate the 96th anniversary of Flag Day with free activities at Fort Moultrie on Thursday, June 14 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Designed primarily for children and families, the activities will offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the heritage of the United States flag and other historical flags. Activities include coloring historical flags, designing your own flag, learning how to fold a flag, signal flag messages and others.
Although preceded by decades of history on a local and state level, Flag Day was first established nationally via Presidential Proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916 following several years of local and state celebrations of the United States Flag's history. Signed into law on August 3, 1949 by President Harry Truman, an act of Congress designated June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
All of the Flag Day activities will take place outside of the fort and are free of charge. Visitors may also tour Fort Moultrie by paying the entrance fee of $3 per adult or $5 per family.
Fort Moultrie is administered by the National Park Service as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument. Located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the fort and visitor center are open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM except for New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days. For more information call (843) 883-3123.
Did You Know?
The first human death of the Civil War occurred on April 14, 1861, the day after the battle of Fort Sumter ended. Private Daniel Hough died when the cannon he was loading (for the Union's 100-gun salute to the U.S. flag) discharged prematurely. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC