In 1949, President Harry S. Truman declared Flag Day a national holiday commemorating the nation’s flag as a symbol of the country, its history and ideals. Community members are invited to honor the U.S. flag at the annual Fort Vancouver National Trust’s 23rd annual Flag Day Celebration at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at the Parade Ground Bandstand at the Fort Vancouver National Site (across from The Grant House, 1101 Officers Row).
Festivities include the National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance and the annual Mayors of Clark County Patriotic Tie Competition, judged by local Boy and Girl Scouts. Corwin Beverage and Frito-Lay will provide complimentary refreshments. After the ceremony ends, kids can go to the Bandstand for lots of fun activities like drawing Washington’s state symbols, learning to sing patriotic songs, learning to march like a soldier, and learning how to be a landmark detective. Bonus for Brownies: Girl Scout Brownies can earn their Celebrating Community Badges by completing the activities.
Flag Day at Fort Vancouver is one of several free Celebrate Freedom programs organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust. Celebrate Freedom is a series of educational programs and community events that inspire all generations to strengthen the community values of leadership, public service, patriotism, lifelong learning and vision. To learn more, call 360-992-1808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above photograph taken by Robert Holcomb.