Patriots Point to host Flag Day ceremony on Yorktown Friday
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum will host a ceremony Friday to commemorate Flag Day. The 9 a.m. program on the flight deck of the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown will feature the Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts.
Knights in regalia will present the Colors and raise the flag. With the help of Boy Scouts, the flag will be symbolically retired while a detailed history of the symbolism of each fold is shared. The ceremony will also recognize the veterans who fought for, defended and continue to salute our nation’s flag.
“The American Flag is one of our nation’s most treasured icons. It is a symbol of freedom and a source of pride, unity and strength during troubled times,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “Our Flag Day program honors all that the Stars and Stripes represent, as well as the brave men and women who fought for and died in its defense.”
This year marks the 236th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day.