Somebody actually stole the flag from the flag pole in Oakhurst Community park, but that didn’t dampen the celebration at National Flag Day 2012.
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. Ciggrand, a school teacher, arranged for the pupils in Fredonia, Wisconsin, to observe June 14th (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as “Flag Birthday.”
Inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916.
While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd,1949 that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
Fast forward to present day and the celebrations continue. The flag being stolen from the flag pole didn’t dampen the spirits of those who gathered to celebrate Flag Day at the Oakhurst Community Park. Friends gathered in their red, white and blue finery and ate hot dogs and chips.
The Yosemite High School Cadet Corp presented the flag,
The Oakhurst Chamber Singers led in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Supervisor Tom Wheeler said a few words,
and John Pero gave a wonderful speech that included thanks to the many veterans in attendance.
A great reminder of how very lucky we are to live in the United States of America.