Wave it proudly, dear readers, today (Friday) is Flag Day. "Flag Birthday" was originally observed June 14, 1885, by school teacher B. J. Cigrand and the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisc., Public School District 6. The year 1885 was the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
By June 14, 1894, Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn organized, in Illinois, the American Flag Day Association, which encouraged 3000,000 Chicago school children to participate in patriotic observances. New York and Philadelphia also held Flag Day exercises.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day, by proclamation, as the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed and Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
Now you know! June 15 is Smile Power Day, so take your smile and wave the flag at Saturday morning's Farmers Market, 9 a.m to noon, 450 Pennington Ave. Contact Main Street, 410-939-1811.
June is National Iced Tea Month, so pack up a cooler of iced tea to take to the Friday concert in Tydings Park, this evening at 7:30 p.m. Bring chairs, tea and picnics to brighten the day's end with the six-piece group, The Klassix, performing classic top 40 and current hits. No rain location. Summer concerts are sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Next up June 21, Gloucester City String Band with mummers music.
Pick up the new publication "Trees of Tydings Park" by the HdG Municipal Tree Commission, available at City Hall or the HdG Visitor Center. That will give you something to explore in the park before or after the concert.
Seeking other summer concerts? Jerusalem Mill Village, 410-877-3560, will host Ken Kolodner, playing hammered dulcimer, Sunday at 6 p.m. Admission charged. (www.JerusalemMill.org).
Grace Place Serving Center at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in HdG, 410-939-2107, will host a free, hot lunch to those in need June 18, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cathy Vincenti and Charlie Mike reminded me that Independence Day T-shirts are available at the HdG Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 for $7 to benefit the HdG Independence Celebration, July 6.
Charlie also stated the Independence Celebration committee is raffling a signed, framed photo of Ravens Ray Lewis sacking "Big Ben." This fantastic Ravens memorabilia comes with authentication tag and a Ravens logo. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5 with drawing July 6. To purchase tickets, contact Charlie, 443-206-8482 or 410-939-0385.
Stop by the visitor center, too, for the student quiz of the Lafayette Trail, created by the HdG Historic Preservation Commission for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and seventh through 12th grades to win an oval sticker "I Walked the Lafayette Trail." Lafayette Trail T-shirts are available for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 S. Union Ave., 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!
Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., or schedule a tour by appointment. Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour walking tour through tree lined streets. Tickets available online: http://www.mainstreethdg.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy June wedding anniversaries to Gordon and Leola Leffler, June 4; Dustin and Tara Werkheiser and Ryan and Amy Weitzel, June 7; Fred and Charlotte Gregory, June 8; Michael and Priscilla Mathias June 17. Congratulations!
War of 1812 T-shirts have been reduced to $10, now available at the HdG Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100.
Celebrate June 20 as World Vegan Day.
June 19 is June teenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day when in Texas in 1865, the abolition of slavery was announced, two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War.
June 16 is Recess at Work Day. Still....don't get caught reading my column on company time or....show the boss this!
As the school year ends, my best wishes go out to all my fellow teachers and school support staff for another school year completed and a very relaxing and enjoyable summer "vacation."
Bill Bateman's Bistro at 2021 Pulaski Highway, HDG will host the Good Shepherd Catholic School car, truck and bike show, June 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date, Sunday, June 16. Contact 443-206-5472 or email: email@example.com Door prizes, 50/50 raffle and DJ.