June 15, 2014

Flag Day Ceremony at Northampton Township


June 14th is Flag Day.
Northampton Township, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, does it right
with a patriotic celebration honoring our flag, the freedoms for which it stands,
 and those who defend our country and protect those freedoms.

Pictured above is the Stars & Stripes at the 
Northampton Municipal Park,
beautifully lit by the sunset.

Pete Palestina is a U.S. Marine Veteran and former Northampton Supervisor.
He planned the event and served as an ace Master of Ceremonies.


Opening remarks and nods of thanks were given by Barry Moore, Township Supervisor.


Marine Corp League Patriot Detachment 1230 present the colors.


The BucksMont Squires of Song entertain us with their harmonies:
The Star Spangled Banner, This is My Country, God Bless America
and that favorite flag-waving tune, You're a Grand Old Flag.


Our National Anthem. L to R: 
Boy Scout Troop 5, BuxMont Squires of Song,
Marine Corp League Patriot Detachment 1230.


Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Supervisor Barry Moore, Senator Tommy Tomlinson, 
Bucks Co. Commissioner Rob Loughery, Supervisor George Komelasky.


Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick referring to a moving scene in the movie,
Saving Private Ryan, inspired us to ask ourselves, 
"Have we earned what the flag stands for?" 


Senator Tommy Tomlinson


Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery


Northampton Township residents enjoying the event!


The United States Flag Code states that, 
"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem to display, 
should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

An annual flag disposal ceremony was led by Boy Scout Troop 5.


The blue field of stars is first cut from the flag,
then the 13 stripes are cut apart.


The scouts respectfully burned the retired flags that 
had been collected throughout the township.


We were pleased and proud to have in attendance
World War II Iwo Jima Veteran, Henry Apice, front center.


With heartfelt thanks to all men and women who are serving 
or who have served this great country in the U.S. military!
God bless each of you, and God bless America!

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  1. Great blog. I commend all those involved in organizing this patriotic event.

  2. Thanks much! A terrific evening, for sure!


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