Don’t forget this Saturday, June 14, is Flag Day and we are holding our Flag Retirement Ceremony on The Great Lawn at 2 p.m.
The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. B.J. Cigrand, a school teacher, arranged for the pupils in Fredonia, Wisconsin public school, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the stars and stripes) as Flag Birthday.
On June 14, 1889, another school teacher, George Balch of New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of the observance was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. In 1894, the Governor of NY directed that on June 14, the flag will be displayed on all public buildings. Finally, on August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day. For further information log onto www.USFlag.org/
Now a commercial break. Beginning Sunday, June 29 at 1 p.m., the Iney brothers, Chip, Liam and Chris, will host a barbeque here on our patio. Ten dollars gets you the food; beverages are on your own. If this is well received, they will hold a barbecue each Sunday and will include live music.
Now on to Normandy. D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy took place on June 6, 1944. It was called Operation Overlord and involved over 850,000 troops and was the largest seaborne invasion at the time. The term D-Day alludes to the actual day of attack, while H-Hour refers to the time. So, D-Day was June 6. D+1 equals June 7 and so forth. D-1 would be June 5. The H stuff works the same way only with time. H Hour is the time of the attack. H-1 is one hour later. Got it? Log on to Invasion of Normandy through Wikipedia for more knowledge.
All post members pay attention to this column as we are going over to the VA in the very near future to host a barbecue. So, stay tuned to these writings.
Ronald Reagan died on June 5, 2004.
The east Bronx was annexed by NYC on June 6, 1895.
On the same date in 1933, the first drive-in theater opened.
The cornerstone of St. Helena’s was laid June 8, 1941.
Milton Berle debuted on TV June 8, 1948.
Donald Duck debuted June 9, 1934.
Mussolini joins the war on England and France on June 10, 1940. (There’s a threat.)
The birth of the Oreo Cookie is June 12, 1912.
Look how much you can learn reading this column.
Keep the troops in your prayers, take a vet to lunch, and God bless.