Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the U.S., which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day.
Today, some towns, organizations and individuals continue to mark the occasion in various ways.
Jim Delchamps of American Legion Post #250. 10950 Dauphin Island Parkway, said that citizens who want to make sure their old, worn flags are retired with honor and dignity can bring them to the post to be properly disposed of. At the Metro Recycling Center, 1451 Government Street, Keep Mobile Beautiful has placed a red-white-and-blue, flag-painted mail box to collect old flags (fold neatly and place in a plastic bag before dropping in the box.)
And out in Semmes, Woodmen of the World Chapter 1961 keeps a box on the back porch of the lodge at 1928 Wulff Road for residents to deposit their old flags. About twice a year, said WOW President Maxine Merritt, the Lodge holds a ceremony and disposes old flags by burning them (adhering to proper protocol.) The Lodge also provides small flags to school children and large American flags to public buildings such as libraries and post offices.
Though the following activity is not directly related to Flag Day, it does show one person's and one town's patriotism and love for the American Flag. A few years ago, Satsuma resident Charles Perry, an organ recipient, decided to concentrate his volunteerism in a couple of areas, one being securing and placing American flags down the center of town.
He and his wife raised funds by selling hot dogs at public events and accepting donations, and on holidays, such as the 4th of July, Perry gets up early and places the flags in their stands before going to work. Still a few flags short to complete the street display, the town recently received donations from three families for more flags. (Donations are still being accepted: send tax-deductible contribution to Satsuma Reunited, c/o Diane Alford, 5289 Lemans Drive West, Satsuma, AL 36572.)
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