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Honor guards present the colors at a previous Flag Day ceremony.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the first official flag of the United States of America on June 14, 1777 — 242 years ago. It is a day on which the display of American flags is encouraged, as well as the participation in public activities to declare respect for the flag and loyalty to the United States of America.

The American flag is the symbol of liberty, national pride and history. It stands for all that citizens of the U.S. hold dear — freedom, democracy and each individual’s pursuit of happiness.

Although the celebration of Flag Day may not widely observed, the Veterans Council of the Golden Isles, Sons of the American Revolution and the Brunswick Elks Lodge will sponsor the fourth annual ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. June 14 in front of the Glynn County Courthouse.

The highlight of the celebration will be the presentation of colors by honor guards of the Brunswick High School Navy JROTC, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Brunswick firefighters, Brunswick police officers, Glynn County firefighters, Glynn County police officers, Glynn County Deputy Sheriffs and six local veterans organizations.

The program will feature the origins of the American flag in the American Revolutionary War and how actions by individuals helped the flag achieve its position. The actions to develop a song, a pledge, a day and a code of etiquette each took up to 100 years before public acceptance and official approval. In addition to a musical flag tribute, Chuck Booth from the Brunswick Elks Lodge will again recite the poem, “Old Glory.”

June 14 is also a date of great significance for the U.S. Army. Just weeks after the Battles of Lexington and Concord kicked off the American Revolution, on June 14, 1775, Congress formally authorized the enlistment of soldiers to fight in the Continental Army. Army veterans and their families will be honored in a celebration of the Army’s birthday with the song, “The Army Goes Rolling Along.”

Flag Day promoters will recognize local individuals, organizations and companies which demonstrate exemplary patriotism and good citizenship in their care and display of the American Flag. Members of the public may nominate their favorite flag displays in Glynn County by emailing GlynnFlagDay@gmail.com. People may also bring worn or damaged flags for proper retirement in a later formal ceremony.

The Flag Day celebration is sponsored by the Veterans Council of the Golden Isles, along with the Marshes of Glynn Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and the Brunswick Elks Lodge No. 691.