An impressive display of seven different American flags, their history and a patriotic program, will be presented for the public Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Richfield City Park, courtesy of Elks Lodge No. 2420.
Lodge members annually conduct the observance in honor of Flag Day. The event creates a deeper appreciation of the flag as a Boy Scout troop presents each and showing the history of the nation through the special program. Music will be provided and the colors will be posted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5050.The first presentation will be the Pine Tree Flag, used by the Continental Forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. This will be followed by the Snake Flag that was used by the southern colonies in 1776. The first flag of alternate stripes of red and white will be among those highlighted. It was flown over the headquarters of Gen. George Washington.
The Grand Union Flag that was adopted by the Congress on June 14, 1777, will also be displayed. That flag inspired the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key. In 1818, Congress adopted a resolution that on and after that date one star be added for each state, so today s flag displays 50 stars along with the 13 stripes commemorating the original colonies.