MOUNT VERNON — About 45 people showed up for the Exchange Club’s annual Flag Day ceremony on Public Square, Friday evening.
The gathering was blessed with perfect weather as the Knox County Joint Veterans Council presented the colors and gave an explanation of the meaning of each of the 13 folds of the ceremonial folding of the flag.
The featured speaker was Col. John Fair, headquarters chief of staff of the 4th Civil Support and Sustainment Brigade. Fair, a Mount Vernon City Council member, talked about the history of Flag Day. He explained how it was first proposed by a teacher in Fredonia, Wis., in 1885. The celebration of the flag’s birthday, he said, spread to other cities and schools over the next 30 years, until it was officially proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
Then, on Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed the act that made June 14 a holiday commemorating the adoption of the flag in 1777.
On a more personal level, Fair quoted from a passage he had read that, speaking for the flag, said: “I am what you make of me, nothing more; I swing with a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”
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