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By Dan Rudy 

Public ceremony marks Flag Day


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

A color guard consisting of members of the American Legion and BPOE give weather-worn flags a dignified retirement on June 14. Flags are supposed to be burned rather than discarded when no longer fit for display.

Several service organizations came together last week to pay tribute to the Stars and Stripes, holding a special ceremony for Flag Day.

Falling on June 14 each year, Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the United States' current flag on that day in 1777. Though not an official holiday, the anniversary was first recognized by President Woodrow Wilson by proclamation, and later by Congress in 1946. It has been observed since 1907 by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a patriotic fraternal organization, which had encouraged the day's wider adoption.

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