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 Stuart, the Stuart-Jensen Elks Lodge #1870 will hold its annual Flag Day ritual on Sunday, June 16, right after the Father's Day pancake breakfast. Anyone who is interested in learning about the history of the flag is invited. For more information, call (772) 287-0277.
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.
Also, the Brennity at Port St. Lucie will celebrate Flag Day with pancakes and a Veterans Aid and Attendance presentation. Martin County veterans will be able to learn about their pension benefits, what is available, how to qualify and help with assistance.
In addition, the ROTC will visit and pay respect to the flag.
The breakfast will take place at 8:30 a.m. and the seminar takes place at 9:15 a.m.
The Brennity is located at 10685 S.W. Stony Creek Way in Port St. Lucie.
For more information, call (772) 345-2709.
Dawn Krebs is the associate managing editor of Hometown News.