Salem, Ore. -- In commemoration of Flag Day today, twenty people from the Salem area became United States citizens in a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ceremony held at the Oregon State Capitol. Causa Oregon co-hosted the ceremony with USCIS in Salem which saved the new citizens a 100-mile round trip they’d have had to make to attend a ceremony in Portland.
Flag Day is said to have originated in 1885, started by a teacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin. He promoted June 14 as the 108th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes, the Flag Resolution of 1777. The observance was celebrated sporadically until May 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the establishment of Flag Day. In August 1949, President Harry Truman standardized the observance, designating June 14 as National Flag Day.
Causa, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization, is the largest Latina and Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org