CONWAY LEGION MARKS FLAG DAY

by Christian Mower on June 14, 2012

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO JOIN VETERANS OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 46 IN CONWAY TODAY TO OBSERVE FLAG DAY.

EVENTS START AT 8:30 A.M. THURSDAY WITH THE POST’S FIRST ANNUAL FLAG DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT AT INDIAN MOUND GOLF COURSE IN CENTER OSSIPEE.

A BARBECUE LUNCH WILL BEGIN AT THE POST AT 47 TASKER HILL ROAD IN CONWAY AT 1:30 P.M.- THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AND DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

ANYONE CAN BRING A TORN OR TATTERED FLAG TO THE POST THURSDAY AND THE FLAGS WILL BE PROPERLY DISPOSED OF BY BURNING.

ARMY VETERAN LARRY AYRES IS THE LEGION POST COMMANDER. HE SAYS THE FLAGS WILL BE BURNED IN ACCORDANCE WITH LEGION REGULATIONS.

AYRES SAYS THE BURNING OF THE FLAGS WILL START AT THE POST AT 5 P.M. AND CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

MAINE GOVERNOR PAUL LEPAGE ISSUED A PROCLAMATION IN HONOR OF FLAG DAY, A DAY HE SAYS HIGHLIGHTS “THE UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF FREEDOM WHICH REPRESENTS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

LEPAGE SAYS FLAG DAY MEMORIALIZES THE DAY IN 1777 WHEN THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS ADOPTED AN AMERICAN FLAG TO REPLACE THE BRITISH UNION JACK.

THE GOVERNOR AND MRS. LEPAGE ENCOURAGE MAINERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FLAG ETIQUETTE, INCLUDING THE REQUIREMENT TO PROPERLY ILLUMINATE THE FLAG DURING HOURS OF DARKNESS IF IT IS DISPLAYED 24 HOURS A DAY.