Star-spangled bannerFlag Day observed at Farmers Market
The Washington Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), accompanied by members of Boy Scout Troop 242, did the traditional celebration of Flag Day one day early at the Washington Farmers Market Thursday evening.
On the bandshell members of the Scout troop displayed the proper way to fold a flag, while Troop 242 advancement chair Kimberly Sammons read a speech about the meaning of each fold in the flag. Members Rosemary Harris and Julia Humphreys tap danced to traditional patriotic songs during the event. Several DAR members attended the event dressed in old-fashioned clothing, many adorned with the red, white and blue stars and stripes of the flag.
“We like to have community service involved in our Scouting program for advancement reasons,” Kimberly Sammons said. “They are required to do a certain number of hours of community service.”
She said the flag is an important part of the country and that Scouting teaches the meaning of being an American. Sammons said that she believes it is important for people to learn about American tradition from a young age.
“We learned in Cub Scouts,” Jason Sammons, one of the star Scouts who folded the flag Thursday, said. “We do that for advancement.”
The event opened with the troop bringing out the flags before reciting the Boy Scout law, oath and motto. They then said the Pledge of Allegiance. The Star-Spangled Banner was sung by all present. Many of the people who had attended the farmers market stopped what they were doing to show respect and honor to the flag.
“The crowd wasn’t quite as big as last year,” Kimberly Sammons said. “I don’t know if it wasn’t as well advertised as last year. Maybe it wasn’t as well advertised. Last year there were a lot of people. I’m glad the people who were there showed up.”
The DAR regularly observes Flag Day with a ceremony. In the past, the ceremony has been held at the Alexander Young Log Cabin in Sunset Park.