With June 14 observing National Flag Day, locals will have a chance to attend events honoring the red, white and blue.
National Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.
On this day, Americans show respect for the flag and what it represents – independence and unity.
Flag Day celebration
Cowan will celebrate the American flag with a ceremony at 6 p.m. on June 14.
Retired Army Sgt. Major Larry Williams will be one of the hosts.
“The ceremony will be held at the old courthouse cabin in the city park in Cowan,” Williams said.
Participants may expect to hear inspiring speeches and great music. Several army veterans are expected to attend, said Williams.
Music and songs will be led by Dr. Jerry Anderson, of Winchester, according to Williams.
“A student group from Cowan Elementary School will also make a presentation led by Emily Ezell,” he said.
All children in attendance will receive a flag.
Williams is looking forward to participating in the ceremony.
He hopes for “a large turnout of people that will go away with a better understanding of our Nation’s Flag Day,” he said.
“It is another opportunity for the citizens of this great country to understand exactly what it took to have such a wonderful county to live in,” Williams said.
Williams considers his greatest honor “to be allowed to assist and serve the men and women who have so honorably stepped forward to serve in our country’s military, having given a full measure of their devotion to our freedom and to our way of life.”
Honoring the flag
American Legion Flag Day is set for 6-7 p.m., Friday, June 14, at the Coffee County Veterans Building, at 130 Shelton Rd., Manchester.
The purpose of the ceremony is to retire old and tattered flags. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to bring flags that they would like to retire.
Flag Day history
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day. President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts,” according to www.nationaldaycalendar.com.
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