A Flag Day ceremony will be held at noon Friday, June 14, at Freedom Park on the lawn of Old Courthouse Square.

The holiday commemorates the adoption of the United State flag which occurred June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Welcoming remarks will be given by Danny Knipp, president of the Rowan County Veterans Foundation.

Corbie Ellington Post 126’s Color Guard of the American Legion will oversee the presentation of the flag.

Charles Gilley will lead the pledge. Mike Adams will offer the invocation. Rowan County Judge-Executive Harry Clark will give remarks. “God Bless America” will be performed by J.R. May.

The 13 Folds of the Flag will be completed by Ronnie Brooks and Clark. Gary Lewis, with the Rowan County Historical Society, will provide a thank you.

The ceremony will conclude with a benediction by Joe Cline.

The Flag Day ceremony is jointly sponsored by American Legion Post 126, Rowan County Veterans Foundation Inc. and Rowan County Historical Society.

The first Flag Day ceremony in Morehead was held June 14, 1976, by Lloyd Dean, who got the idea while visiting his brother Vernon at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

The anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 was officially established by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916.

It wasn't until Aug. 3, 1949 that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

The event is open to the public.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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