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Flag Day is located in a quiet little park that has some neat trails right off Main Street in Hopkinton. Watch for the giant pile of horseshoes (located in front of a real estate office) - drive out back to a nice little parking area by the pond. Cache is an easy walk and is fun for the whole family. Be sure to check out the other cache, Joe Cacher, that is also located in this trail system.
Flag Day is a small lock-n-lock type container with a log sheet, pencil, and many small American Flags - be sure to take one along with you, even if you have nothing to trade. Cache is located about 5 feet from the trail, no bushwacking required, please step carefully in the area of the cache as there are some rocks that are easy to move if you walk on them and you may fall - be careful.
Flag Day is another cache in the continuing series on the American holidays and special observances, as in the other caches in this series, I present a short history lesson and educational information about the holiday. Enjoy!
America celebrates many patriotic days throughout the year, such as independent state celebrations like Patriots Day in Massachusetts and national days like Memorial Day and July 4th. Of these days, we have one day which is set aside specifically to celebrate “Old Glory”, our flag. This day originated in 1885, when BJ Cigrand, a school teacher of Fredonia, Wisconsin Public Schools, organized this day for the schools to celebrate the 108th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes.
In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14th, the flag is to be displayed on all public buildings. In Illinois, the American Flag Day Association was organized for the purpose of promoting Flag Day exercises. On this day, over 300,000 children participated in the first general public school celebration. Over three decades of state and local celebrations of Flag Day, led to the official establishment of this day by proclamation from President Woodrow Wilson on May 16, 1916. On August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress that declared Flag Day as a National day to be held each June 14th, which is the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777.
Do you have a flag for your home or business? Fly it properly and with respect. The following standards of respect should be followed when flying your flag.
• The flag is to be flown each day that weather permits from sunrise to sunset, especially on national holidays and days proclaimed by the President.
• Flags should not be flown at night unless they are properly lit.
• The flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
• The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for coverage over a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general.
• The flag should never be used for any advertising purposes. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or any article that is intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs shall not be attached to staff or halyard.
• The flag should not be used as part of costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
• The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, work, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
• The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
• When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms and then folded.
• The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
• The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial orders. On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half staff from sunrise to noon and full staff from noon to sunset.
• When a flag is worn (torn, tattered edges, faded colors) so that is it no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner. Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct these ceremonies, often on Flag Day.
The flag of the United States is the symbol of the greatest nation in the world. Fly “Old Glory” proudly!
The information on Flag protocol in this description is from www.usflag.org.
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