Flag Day observed throughout Carroll County

Old Glory was adopted as this nation’s flag by a resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, and Flag Day has been officially recognized as a national holiday on June 14 since 1949.

Flag Day was celebrated with a number of ceremonies across Carroll on Thursday.


In what has become a tradition at Brightview Westminster Ridge, their Flag Day ceremony included a young singer backed up by her father on guitar as well as a retired U.S. Marine presenting their flag. The ceremony is particularly special to the veterans who live in the Westminster retirement community, according to Rose Wickline, the facility’s vibrant living director.

American flags are traditionally decommissioned on Flag Day, and such ceremonies also took place throughout the county on Thursday evening.

Among them was the annual ceremony at the Carroll County Farm Museum, where Boy Scout Troop 393 properly retires worn-out flags.

Troopmaster Jeff Barnes said prior to the ceremony — which his Scouts perform every year — that it would include three Scouts reading a history of the American flag, the lowering and folding of the Farm Museum flag, and then the burning of flags that were brought to the Farm Museum and Grace Lutheran Church for decommissioning.

At the Westminster Elks Lodge on Thursday evening, lodge officers, Carroll American Legion Post 31 Color Guard and the JROTC from Century High School in Eldersburg were scheduled to take part in a ceremony in observance of Flag Day, concluding with retiring flags.

Monocacy Valley Memorial Post 6918 was also scheduled to host an American flag retirement ceremony on Thursday evening, on the grounds of the VFW Post in Harney.

Frank Rauschenberg, a member of the Harney VFW, recently told the Times that in keeping with the traditions of Flag Day, “the ceremony will be a most impressive, but dignified and a solemn event.”