On your calendars, June 14this noted as Flag Day. It’s the anniversary of the day in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act. The Act stipulated that: the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” That flag, originally designed by Betsy Ross, has changed over the years as our nation grew. Today we continue to fly it with thirteen stripes but of course now there are 50 stars.
Kansas City and Independence, MO will honor and celebrate the “stars and stripes” on the anniversary of the adoption of the flag and throughout the following weekend.
At the Korean War Veterans Memorial Park, located at Pershing and Main Streets in Kansas City, there will be a National Flag Day & Flag Retirement Ceremony beginning at 10am. Bring your old, tired, torn, or worn flags to be officially “retired”. The guest speaker for the event is Captain Jamie A. Fraser-Loria, U.S. Navy. Capt. Fraser-Loria graduated from the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and is currently serving as Division Chief for the Strategic Threats Division, Directorate of Intelligence, NORAD and USNORTHCOM.
A Flag Day Concert will be held at 1:00pm at the National World War I Museum located at 100 West 26thStreet in Kansas City. The concert will feature patriotic favorites played by the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City. This concert is free and open to the public.
Since Flag Day falls on a Thursday this year, we recommend that you make this celebration part of a long weekend to include a tribute to Dad on June 17th. To continue the patriotic theme, visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial on Sunday through Saturday, June 17-23 for Taps at the Tower. This will be the fifth year that this program is presented. The short ceremony takes place at sunset (8:45pm) and features the bugle call to close the day. The grounds are open for picnics and games prior to the brief ceremony. The Liberty Memorial – The Tower – will be gathering spot in nice weather. In case of rain the ceremony will be moved to the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge inside the Museum.
Make a Kansas City Royals Baseball game part of your June getaway to Independence, MO. On Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, the Royals will host the Houston Astros. Friday’s game will include a fireworks display.
Come for Flag Day, stay for Father’s Day and enjoy a real June adventure.