CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough's First "Flag Day Celebration" set the bar high for future Flag Day events with an all-inclusive celebration that began with the raising of the flag and ended with a rendition of Taps.
Chatham Borough Council member Thaddeus Kobylarz was inspired to organize a Flag Day Celebration because of inquiries from resident veterans. Chatham veterans and residents were invited to reflect on what the flag means to them during the ceremony.
"It turns out that Flag Day is deceptively wide in scope and has come to mean a great many things for a great many of people," Kobylarz said. "Among the themes that I encountered in my research is that Flag Day is first of all about celebrating the traditions, history, pride, and respect that are due to our nation's symbol, the American Flag. But Flag Day is equally concerned with what the flag represents.
"The true genius of Flag Day, I think, is that its significance is befittingly expansive and reflective of that which each and every one of us holds dear about this great nation of ours."
Thad Kobylarz makes opening remarks at Flag Day Celebration
Morris County Sheriff James Gannon was in attendance and the Morris County Sheriff Honor Guard helped raise the American Flag with the Chatham Borough Pollice Department.
Elizabeth Stuart sang the national anthem and personal flag reflections were delivered by 90-year-old Herb Ramo, retired Captain of the United States Air Force; Balcom Parcells, who served on the U.S. Presidential Honor Guard; James Wilson, U.S. Army Captain, Air Defense Artillery, and resident Rosheka Faulkner.
U.S. Army Captain James Wilson reflects on the American Flag in the video below
Also, ECLC students recited a poem about the flag (see the video below); Rev. Dr. Christa Compton gave the Benediction and Chatham Borough Fire Marshal Walter Nugent played Taps.