Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Old Glory

Susie Brown, Mayor Melissa DeMarco, Betty Cook

I assumed our town was decked out in the traditional Americana red, white & blue decor for the upcoming 4th of July celebration. However, it seems, there is an often overlooked holiday preceding Independence Day. And that, my friends, is Flag Day.

Parading their patriotism around Mount Dora with warm smiles and stars and stripes galore, Innkeeper Betty Cook (Award Winning Magnolia Inn), and shopkeeper, Susie Brown (Noni Home & Bath), handed out 500 miniature American flags to visitors and downtown businesses to raise awareness and celebrate flag day.

One of the many things I love about Mount Dora is the way the people here volunteer random acts of kindness just like Betty & Susie. And also the way the town loves a reason to celebrate
life through street parties, festivals and holidays. All holidays ... including Flag Day!

For a little more history on this holiday, it was established in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson officially named June 14th as Flag Day to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States. It was on this day, June 14th, in 1777 that the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes design.

For more history and etiquette of the American flag, click here: Flag of the United States



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