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Flag Day Observed Locally By Citizens
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Flag Day was celebrated on city streets along Atchison/Highway 108 by the display of rows of the red, white and blue banners installed by a Riverbank Boy Scout Troop on June 14. Ric McGinnis/The News

A local Boy Scout Troop helped residents and passersby celebrate and recognize the adoption of the United States flag on Tuesday, last week.

They installed rows of flags on both sides of Atchison Street/Highway 108 to celebrate the adoption of the American flag by congress on June 14, 1777.

A number of people have been instrumental over the years in establishing the recognition, with the first recorded as George Morris of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1861. His city observed the day in 1861, “carrying out a program of a patriotic order, praying for the success of the Federal arms and the preservation of the Union,” according to reports.

The celebration did not become a tradition throughout the country until much later.

Currently, during National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of America’s national flag and everything it represents.

Some cities claim to have the longest parade, the oldest parade or the biggest.

In Riverbank, flags on governmental buildings had returned to full staff, after recognizing the tragedy of the shootings in Orlando, Florida. Some personal and business flags remained at half-staff.

The National Flag Day Foundation holds an annual observance for Flag Day on the second Sunday in June (June 14, 2015; June 12, 2016; June 11, next year). The program includes a ceremonial raising of the national flag, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the national anthem, a parade and other events.

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland, birthplace of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen his famous poem, has celebrated Flag Day since the inception of a museum on the property in 1927. The annual celebration commemorates the Star-Spangled Banner and its creator Mary Pickersgill.

The Betsy Ross House has long been the site of Philadelphia’s observance of Flag Day.