Column: A look back at Flag Day

Wave it proudly, dear readers,

Thursday, June 14 is Flag Day. "Flag Birthday" was originally observed June 14, 1885, by school teacher B.J. Cigrand and the students in the Fredonia, Wis., 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 300,000 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 an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.


Now you know!

Grace Place Serving Center, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107 will serve a free, hot meal from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will serve the luncheon to anyone in need who enters.

Flag Day will be a highlight June 14 at the 11:30 a.m. Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Bayou Restaurant, Route 40. The celebration of business awards will be given at this Economic Development Awards Luncheon. Tickets to the luncheon, sponsored by Rory White of Edward Jones Investments, may be reserved by phone 410-939-3303 or emailing

Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2012.

June is National Iced Tea Month. Treat yourself to a glass of iced tea at the Saturday farmers market, 450 Pennington Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon. The market is sponsored by Main Street, Inc. Contact Rory White at 410-939-5270.

Take a cooler of the June iced tea to the Friday Concert in Tydings Park tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. Bring chairs, tea and picnics to brighten the day's end with bluegrass music by Dean Sapp and Harford Express ( Free admission, no rain location, sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. On June 15, rock and roll headlines with Big Cam and the Lifters.

Flag Day will celebrated June 10 with exercises in Tydings Park at 2 p.m. by the Havre de Grace Elks Lodge (410-937-4239), reported Debbie McFadden. In the event of rain, exercises will be held with in the Elks Lodge, Route 40.

June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. During this month, we celebrate the ways that Caribbean-Americans have enriched our society and added to the strength of America, I was reminded by my Puerto Rican neighbors. Visit


And while you're thinking of those Caribbean blue waters, remember today is World Oceans Day. To learn more visit,

Rainbows will color June which is Gay Pride Month.

Fourth of July Independence Day T-shirts are at the Havre de Grace Visitors Center, 410-939-2100, for $7.

Happy birthday greetings: Harford County Executive David Craig (June 12) and Michael Mathias (June 14).

This weekend (June 8-9) is the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Havre de Grace, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Call 410-933-5160; email

Steppingstone Farm Museum hosts the Celtic Festival Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy Celtic pipe band music, dance, clans, vendors, sheepherding, military regiment and food. Ticketed event. Phone 410-939-2299 or 888-419-1762. Email


Uh oh! If you were looking for Billers Bicycles on Franklin Street; they have moved! Look for a parade of bicycles at 213 N. Juniata St. opposite the Havre de Grace Post Office.

Guided historic walking tours of Havre de Grace are available ($12 ticket) on the third weekend of the month (June 15 at 10 a.m. and 16 at 2 p.m.) or by appointment, 410-939-0565. Start tours (1-1/2 hours) at Jana's Java Coffeehouse, 217 N. Washington St. Buy tickets at

Carolyn Colburn phoned about A Timeless Tea at the Maritime Museum Pavilion benefiting the museum, 410-939-4800, and the Concord Point Lighthouse, 410-939-3213 from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25. A rain or shine event, vendors and artists will set up 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring a pretty tea cup or fancy hat for prizes.

The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum hosts Frank Lopez of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources June 16 at 10 a.m. Lopez will present a lecture and walking tour of the area's plants and how to identify local trees. Call 410-939-4800.

The second River City "Smoke on the Water" car and truck show is June 23 (raindate June 30) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St. Proceeds benefit veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For vehicles, there is a $12 registration fee, 410-939-0234. For flea market tables at $10 and $5, call 443-655-6595.

Lastly, Pat Keen enclosed a flyer from the Soroptimists International of Havre de Grace about Juke Box Saturday Night Dinner and Dance Saturday, 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Drive, tickets are $38 advance/$43 at door. Mick, Sammy K. and Vic of "The Reminiscents" will perform 1950s and 1960s music. Price includes food, desserts, beverages, raffles, door prizes and dance contests. Call 410-272-3802 or 443-243-5035.


Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!