Batavia, East Dundee Host June 14 Flag Day Celebrations

Batavia, East Dundee Host June 14 Flag Day Celebrations

The communities of Batavia and East Dundee will host special Flag Day ceremonies on Friday, June 14, 2019.

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Inspired by Flag Day creator Bernard J. Cigrand, a resident of Kane County, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916.

In August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day in Batavia

Flag Day has special meaning in Batavia, home to Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand, the founder of the national observance.

Batavia will celebrate Flag Day from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the Peg Bond Center, located along the Batavia Riverwalk.

There will be a free concert provided by Batavia High School ensembles, the Batavia Community Band and the Misty River Music Makers. Food vendors, games, luminaria tributes Dr. Bernard Cigrand Patriotism Award will be part of the ceremonies.

There will also be a presentation about the ambitious Batavia Flag Day Monument expected to be dedicated on the Riverwalk in 2020.

The event is being organized by the Batavia Flag Day Committee as well as the Fox Valley Patriotic Organization, the group working to create the Flag Day Monument.

Flag Day in East Dundee

East Dundee’s Flag Day Salute will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at The Depot located at 319 N. River St.

Organizers invite all interested persons come down and participate in this annual program to honor the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag in 1777.

The Flag Day Salute program will include the following:

Call to Order

  • Village of East Dundee’s Official Representative, Village President Lael Miller

Attention – Color Guard

  • Color Guard to March from Platform to Around Flagpole

Invocation

  • Reading of George Washington’s Prayer

Attention – Color Guard

  • VFW Post #2298, Lowering of the Flag
  • Folding of the Old Flag & Presentation of Flag to Village Official
  • New Flag Received by Village Official
  • New Flag Hoisted on Flag Pole

Star Spangled Banner

  • Sung by Shannon Stevens, Please Join in Singing

Reading of Poem: Old Glory by D.S. Miller

  • Read by VFW Commander, Daniel Pearson

God Bless America

  • Sung by Shannon Stevens, Please Join in Singing

Closing Remarks

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