A blog about the grief after losing a child to Niemann Pick, Type C, a rare disease, and how I'm moving forward with my life.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Flag Day - June 14

The History of Flag Day

The first celebration of the U.S. Flag's birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. ... In 1916, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 became a nationally observed event by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson. However, it was not designated as National Flag Day until August 3rd, 1949, when an Act of Congress designated June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. Today, Flag Day is celebrated with parades, essay contests, ceremonies, and picnics sponsored by veterans' groups, schools, and groups like the National Flag Day foundation whose goal is to preserve the traditions, history, pride, and respect that are due the nation's symbol, Old Glory.
Source:  http://www.military.com/flag-day/?ESRC=sm_hol.nl

Why am I writing about this?

Well, every Flag Day, every Elks Lodge is required to have a Flag Day ceremony.  The ceremony provides a history of the flag and a tribute to what it stands for.  Here are a few pictures from the local ceremony.

After  the ceremony we had a flag retirement ceremony.


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