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From the South

By Alex Von Stade, PM — Jr. Warden


The month of June is now upon us. Being the sixth month of the year, we are now half way through the 2024 calendar year.  Many sources indicate that the month of June is named after Juno, the Roman Goddess of youth and protection. During this month, on June 20th we experience the summer solstice or the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. On June 14th we celebrate Flag Day, a day set aside to honor our nation’s flag.

This day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The first official observance  of Flag Day occurred in 1885 in Wisconsin by Bernard J. Cigrand, a grade school teacher.

For many of us, including myself, our nation’s flag serves as a living piece of history and a source of pride and unity for all Americans. The flag that I will fly on this month’s Flag Day (as well as other Federal Holidays throughout this year) was first  purchased in 1969 when we first moved into my family home.

Although it is now thin, tattered, torn, and has faded colors, it still continues to serve as a proud symbol of national strength and unity. Have a Happy June and remember to display the flag proudly on the 14th!

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