JUNE 10--The Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, The Star-Spangled Banner.
These nicknames all label the same piece of hallowed cloth, the flag of the United States of America.
Each year the flag’s ability to unite and inspire Americans is celebrated on Flag Day, June 14. However, in Hardin County, local organization Raise the Flag is joining with the county fire department to help celebrate the American flag’s rich history on Saturday, June 10 with a number of events.
All fire stations in Hardin County will have open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day, with flag raising ceremonies at 10 a.m. at each location.
Station 12, at 90 Walnut St. in Savannah, is hosting a “Firefighter for a Day” event. It’s a time to meet local firefighters, try on turnout gear, see firefighting equipment, go through a teen-adult obstacle course, watch a fire extinguisher demonstration and even become a volunteer.
Kids can play in the Sparky Bounce House or go through the kids obstacle course.
The public is invited to Raise the Flag’s centralized flag lowering ceremony at Shiloh National Military Park at the National Cemetery at 5:30 p.m. with assistance from members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Free hot dogs will be provided by Hardin County Tourism.
Raise the Flag, a local group organized by Pickwick resident Faye Trim, has been helping to showcase American flags across Pickwick Dam and throughout Savannah and Counce for many years. Members of “Raise the Flag” will provide literature on flag etiquette at the flag lowering ceremony.
Demonstrating proper respect for the flag honors not only those who have served and even given their lives for America, but every individual who has worked hard to build this nation to what it is today, the organization says.