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June 13, 2014

Local businesses to honor Flag Day

DUNCAN — About 50 businesses up and down U.S. Highway 81 and Main street will be flying the U.S. flag high on Saturday to honor National Flag Day. The VFW will also be decorated with a number of flags to show the importance of the day.

Flag Day is held annually on June 14 and serves to commemorate the birth of the flag, June 14, 1777 in Philadelphia.

VFW Commander Tom Morse said that it is important to acknowledge this national holiday.

“Its important because it represents the veterans,” he said. “If it hadn’t been for the veterans, we wouldn’t be what we are today. If you look back through history, it was the military man that freed the United States and gave us our freedoms. Its all on account of the flag.”

The first Flag Day Observance was on June 14, 1885. President Wilson issued a proclamation on May 30, 1916 calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. However, it was President Truman that signed an act of congress in 1949 designating June 14 to be National Flag Day.

In Duncan, businesses participating with the VFW will fly their flags from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

For more information on Flag Day or the technicalities behind flying a flag, contact the VFW at 580-255-9935.

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