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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
(1965)

Stony Hill schoolhouse,   p. 95


Page 95

STONY HILL SCHOOLHOUSE
On June 14, 1885, Bernerd J. Cigrand, a young school teacher, stirred
by a deep love of the American Flag, held the first Flay Day exercises in a
little country schoolhouse atop Schumaker Hill in Fredonia Township, Ozaukee
County, State of Wisconsin. Later, he was to become a pro'essor of Dentistry
at Northwestern University. In 1916, his devotion to the flag was rewarded
when President Woodrow Wilson declared June 14 as National Flag Day.
Learning about Bernard Cigrand's life-long crusade, th3 Wisconsin d  ¢iciled
Fraternal Insurance Societies banded together to form the National Fraternal
Flag Day Foundation, with the avowed purpose: "To restore the schoolhouse
to its original appearance and condition so that the birthplace of Flay Day
can be fittingly honored each year." These Wisconsin Fraternal Insurance
Societies purchased the site, and the little schoolhouse has become a national
shrine, a rich tribute to the patriotism of the sponsoring fraternal organ-
izations.
Each year at the Stony Hill School House, honor salutes are given the
flag and Bernard Cigrand's memory, who is considered the "father" of Flag Day
and an inspiration to today's and tcmorrow's Americans.


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