My father fought in World War II and was in the Navy for 26 years before retiring. He passed away in 2005, but every year, on every day that honored our military, he carefully unfolded and hung out the American flag we owned.
When I was little, I remember a lot of houses on my street doing the same. Now that I'm older, and having moved from place to place, I am seeing the flag less and less in front of neighbor's homes.
As far as Flag Day goes, it doesn't seem to rank as important a day as Veteran's Day or Memorial Day. It's not even an official Federal holiday here in Florida. But the day does have its own significance.
Flag Day, June 14, is the anniversary that the second continental congress officially named the flag for the United States. Now, it has changed its look more than a couple of times since the first official one in 1777, but the feelings behind the flag remain the same.
In Indian River County, a Flag Day Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. June 16 at the Sebastian Elks Lodge. The event is open to the public.
As part of the ceremony, a member of the Sebastian Elks EL-DOE will carry in one of the several different flags the United States has had over the centuries.
As each Sebastian EL-DOE carries in one of these flags, a history of it is given.
After the ceremony, there will be coffee and cake for the attendees. The Sebastian Elks Lodge is located at 731 S. Fleming Street and County Road 512 in Sebastian.
It's refreshing to see residents taking the time to remember the little things that make this country unique.
Thank you, Elks, for taking the time to remind us the history of our flag.
Dawn Krebs is the associate managing editor of Hometown News.