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 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 Fort Pierce, the Fort Pierce Elks will be having their Flag Day ceremony at 1 p.m. on June 16, after the Sunday breakfast. The Elks Lodge is located at 608 S. 5th St. in Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-6010.
In Port St. Lucie, the Port St. Lucie Elks #2658 held an observance of the day on June 9. During the ceremony, the volunteers at the Elks goes through the American flag's long and interesting history.
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.