Supervisor hosts star-spangled celebration for Flag Day, 247th birthday of U.S. Army
Hearts beat true ‘neath the red, white and blue outside Santa Ana’s Old Orange County Courthouse Tuesday as citizens, military personnel and first responders celebrated Flag Day and the 247th birthday of the U.S. Army.
District 2 Supervisor Katrina Foley, who co-hosted the event with the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor, said organizers hoped to not only honor the June 14, 1777, adoption of the U.S. flag but pass down lessons about what the standard symbolizes.
“I love America and am very patriotic, but I also believe we want to carry on these traditions for our next generation,” she said Monday. “Our flag means so much to so many, both good and bad, and we want to honor the good.”
A “Field of Flags,” contributed and installed by the Exchange Club, provided a visual representation of the number of years the Army has served the nation since forming as the Continental Army in 1775. Some bore tributes to local military personnel and first responders.
Along with comments from Col. Julie A. Balten, 63rd Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Raymond Williamson, attendees received a lesson in flag etiquette from the Marine Corps Air Station of Tustin’s Young Marines program, whose members demonstrated the proper folding of a U.S. flag.
Each of the 13 folds holds meaning, including honoring veterans, allegiance to the flag and the national motto, “In God We Trust.” Boy Scouts from Troop 440 of Buena Park collected old, worn and unserviceable flags to retire them in a separate ceremony.
“We are all Americans — we have been through struggles, but we’re resilient, much like our flag,” Foley said. “We’re vigilant, and we will get through [these times] if we all come together.”
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