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Flag Day celebration in borough

Members of the Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 and the Catholic War Veterans Post 454 joined local Scouts, including Cub Pack 99 of the Queenship of Mary Church, Cub Pack 26 of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Girl Scout Troop 81133 and Scout Troop 93 of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, for a Flag Day event June 14.

Lawrence P. Schlittler, VFW commander, was the master of ceremonies at the event, held at Canal Street Park’s flag commemoration area. The program included the singing of the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the burning of worn and tattered American flags.

Schlittler also presented a check for $1,000 to Scout troop leader Steve Bindics and his son, Jacob, for Troop 93’s outstanding service.

The burning containers and memorial area were an Eagle Scout project. The Scouts and some adults placed the numerous worn flags into the fire for proper disposal.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The U.S. Army also celebrates its birthday June 14.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day. Pennsylvania became the first state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday June 14, 1937. On Aug. 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress. It is not an official federal holiday.

PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR. Members of local Scout troops salute the flag during the national anthem at the start of a Flag Day ceremony June 14 at Canal Street Park, Northampton.
PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR. Flags are deposited into the burning vessels for proper disposal during the Northampton Flag Day ceremony June 14. Area Scout groups, Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 and Northampton Catholic War Veterans Post 454 all took part in the ceremony, held at Canal Street Park.