Things You Should Know This Flag Day

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All about this Ceremony Through the Ages

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Right after America sprouted towards independence, their patriotism, and gratitude shaped into a rectangular flag of star-spangled red and white stripes, on June 14, 1777, denoting a unanimous sense of celebration of freedom and liberty. It is with that same rigor and pompous attitude that in 1916, then-President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th of every year to be celebrated as Flag Day, to commemorate the inception of the national flag.

Although it is not a federal holiday, the event of Flag Day and the week celebrated as Flag week brings about a sense of unity among the citizens and displays admiration and sovereignty through parades and flaunting the national flags at government buildings, skyscrapers, and even households. Over the 244 years since its inception, the evolution of the United States as a nation was tremendous, inching towards the progress of equality and technological advances, among others. The 13 stripes symbolize the 13 initial states, which are now at 50 states, with the most recent being the addition of Hawaii. The flag has voyaged towards oceans beyond, the moon, and currently even at Mars.

Contemporarily, the heritage of exhibiting utmost respect for the national flag is upheld by Biden administration, and various activities are planned ahead for the occasion despite the unprecedented shortcoming of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Foundation of the Reading Pagoda, along with The City of Reading hosts a flag day celebration on June 13th at 1:00 pm, according to BCTV news. The ceremony involves flag hoisting atop Mount Penn in association with National Patriotic Order Sons of America, who sponsored the flag. Jamar Kelly, the Director of Administrative Services for The City of Reading, is the newly appointed Treasurer for the Foundation of the Reading Pagoda. He along with his other members of the endeavor is excited towards the spring of yet another Flag Day.

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