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Say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Old Glory (and to the Army)

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 By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter

The observance has roots dating to the American Revolution.

Flag Day, the traditional day of honoring our United States flag, is today (June 14). Although President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day, and Congress followed with a 1949 Act signed by President Harry Truman, the day set aside to honor our national symbol is not an official federal holiday.

The day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Continental Congress. The U.S. Army celebrates its birthday on the same date.

Parades are held in a few cities across the nation, but most observances in the Tampa Bay area are smaller events often conducted by military units, Scout troops, fraternal organizations and civic clubs. There are exceptions. The Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College will celebrate Old Glory from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday (June 15) in the Lyceum Breezeway. Frozen treats will be available for all who attend. Indian Rocks Beach held its annual ceremony Friday at Chic-a-Si Park.

There are numerous websites to learn more about the Stars and Stripes.  Here is one: usflag.org . For information about the SPC celebration, see spcollege.edu.

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