Although this year's Honor Our Flag Days is over, the good memories will last for years to come. Only in its second year, the event exceeded all expectations! We held two separate events- read on for the details of how those events turned out.
Flag Exchange- over the course of 6 days (June 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 14), we collected 149 unserviceable flags. These flags will be given to the American Legion Post 173 for proper disposal. We also gave out 100 new American flags. Our office was hopping these days with a steady stream of visitors- we enjoyed seeing everyone, sharing stories and just enjoying each other's fellowship. We're hopeful the new flags will fly proudly and make our community look even better!
Unserviceable Flag Ceremony- on the evening of June 14 (Flag Day) we hosted an Unserviceable Flag Ceremony in downtown Bellefontaine, in front of our office. We opened the event with remarks concerning the history of the flag and Flag Day from Pastor Mike Valentine, then American Legion Post 173 conducted the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, "To the Colors" was played by trumpeter Myles Bowers. Fun fact- Myles played from the roof of our building, which was an extra special treat! The sound carrying across downtown was very moving.
We'd like to thank the following people and organizations who helped make the ceremony possible:
- DJ Joe Pine of American Entertainment for providing sound
- Pastor Mike Valentine for his moving speech about flag history and Flag Day
- American Legion Post 173 for conducting the ceremony
- Devin Marchal with Boy Scouts of America Tecumseh Council Troop 182 for participating in the ceremony- he carried the flag!
- Myles Bowers (High School Band Director at Benjamin Logan High School) for his musical performance at the conclusion of the ceremony
We'd also like to thank everyone who participated in the flag exchange and who witnessed the flag ceremony. We are grateful for your support and thankful for the opportunity to sponsor this important community event.
Following are a few pictures from both the flag exchange and Unserviceable Flag Ceremony.
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