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Flag Day Ceremony Offers Opportunity to Retire Flags

14 June 2013  
Is your flag tattered and ready to be retired?

The Chino Valley Elks will be holding their annual Flag Day ceremony at 1PM, on Friday, June 14.

The event will take place at the Chino Valley Senior Center, next to Memory Park.

People from the public can bring their tattered flags, which will be given to the Boy Scouts. According to Councilman Darryl Croft, the Boy Scouts will "...have a regular ceremony, and burn the flags the way it's supposed to be done."

It was 1777 when Congress authorized the 'Stars and Stripes' as the official national symbol of the United States, according to the National Flag Day Foundation. Fast forward to 1885, when a 19 year old school teacher named Bernard John Cigrand, placed a 10" 38-star flag "...in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them. He called June 14th the flag's birthday."

Cigrand, who later became a dentist and contributing editor to the Encyclopedia Americana, dedicated himself to helping all Americans discover the real meaning and majesty of the flag. He was also an author, writing several books on the American Flag and other historical figures such as Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Robert Morris and more.

What: Annual Flag Day, sponsored by the Chino Valley Elks

Where: Chino Valley Senior Center, next to Memory Park at Road 1 West and Butterfield Road

Date & Time: Friday, June 14 at 1PM.

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Lynne LaMaster