Flag Day Observances on Saturday

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – June 14 is the day designated for Flag Day, but some communities will commemorate the holiday on Saturday.

Although observance of Flag Day dates to President Woodrow Wilson’s 1916 proclamation and its recognition by an act of Congress in 1949, the day is not an official federal holiday. But some traditions surrounding the holiday run deep.

Hunterdon’s tradition is the annual flag disposal held by the Old White House - General Frelinghuysen - Colonel Lowrey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Every year, the DAR holds a flag disposal ceremony at the DAR Cemetery and Memorial Park on Route 22 in Whitehouse Station, and this year will be no exception. The event is open to the public and begins at 10 a.m.

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Flemington United Methodist Church on Main Street here is collecting worn flags for proper disposal at the event. They can be delivered to the church office until Friday.

Somerville’s Flag Day observance has become a big event, even though it’s only in its third year. Its program begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Somerset County Courthouse steps and continues until 4 p.m. The event will include a re-enactment of the historic photograph of Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.

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