Flag Day helps showcase American pride in La Crosse, around nation

First recognized formal observance was at Stoney Hill School in Waubeka, Wis., in 1885

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Community members are marking Flag Day, a day to commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States.

Wisconsin can take a little extra pride in the celebration.

The first recognized formal observance was at Wisconsin’s Stoney Hill School in Waubeka, way back in 1885.

For local veterans, the flag is a lot like the nation.

“It’s gone through the Civil War, World Wars, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. And the flag symbolizes what a republic and democratic principles really are,” said James Binish, outgoing commander of American Legion Post 336.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.