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.