Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
Stony Hill schoolhouse, p. 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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