Flag Day events planned at The View, Minot State University

Logan Tragla carries one of the flags

Logan Tragla carries one of the flags

There will probably not be fireworks or time off from work.

It took a while for the idea to stick, and it was not until 1916 that June 14 was officially proclaimed Flag Day.

Appleton, Wis., claims to be the oldest National Flag Day parade in the nation, held annually since 1950. Many of you display a flag at your home and, working for the federal government, we see it go up at sunrise and come down at sunset every day. "They want to fly the flag to celebrate that freedom", Sylvie Caporale, owner of American Flags and Poles in Marietta, said.

The earliest known suggestion of a "Flag Day" commemorating that day was in 1861 in Hartford, Conn., but it was a one-time event. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthdays on this date; and Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775. The blue field of stars should be cut out, then a cut should be made across the width of the flag through the stripes. Each of the 50 stars represents one of the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union. It was also named "Most Patriotic City in America" by AmericaTheBeautiful.com in 2008. A flag should be be displayed if it has tears or is tattered. The responsibility is led by the American Legion, Post 54, Kapaa with help from the Boy Scouts, and now, the Girl Scouts. He is a former post commander and serves on the legion's honor guard, which has conducted military rites at hundreds of area funerals for soldiers and veterans that sometimes involve a flag-folding ceremony. "We properly dispose of those flags with the respect and honor those flags deserve". As far as holidays are concerned, both men said the preference is up to each individual or business - the is no mandate. So every time you see the flag flying, ponder to yourself what those colors signify. "The red stripes represent the lifeblood of fearless men and women who were willing to die for their country".

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