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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham held a small, short Flag Day Ceremony inside Historic Village Hall this morning, June 14.

The weather forced the ceremony inside, as opposed to on the Framingham Centre Common as planned.

Master of Ceremony and Framingham Elk Bob Anspach said the Flag “represents freedom and dignity. The flag “has been with us through all our wars, our sad times, and times of great joy and triumph.”

The program said the Pledge of Allegiance would be led by by Framingham School Committee members and City Councilors.

In attendance was District 5 School Committee member Priscila Sousa and City Councilors Janet Leombruno, Cesar Stewart-Morales (District 2) and Michael Cannon (District 4).

Also in attendance was Rep. Maria Robinson Rep. Carmine Gentile, Framingham Youth Council Chair Isabella Petroni, and Framingham Veterans Council member Nick Paganella, who was passing out small American flags for the about 2 to 3 dozen attendees.

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Framingham High student Hadley Connor sang the national anthem.

Mayor Yvonne Spicer gave short remarks, and then Framingham firefighters, including Chief Michael Dutcher, and Framingham Police Officers Domenic Guarino and Stephen Fowks went outside to raise the American flag on the Framingham Centre Common in the light drizzle.

Flag Day commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag. Flag Day is always celebrated on June 14.

Flag Day was established initially in a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and later officially designated by Congress in 1949.

American fraternal order the  Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has celebrated the holiday since the early days of the organization and allegiance to the flag is a requirement of every member. In 1907, the BPOE Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day. The Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues.

It was the Framingham Elks who held the traditional Flag Day parade in Framingham.

Mayor Spicer brought back the tradition of the Flag Day parade in 2018 and 2019. It was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.