Monday, Jun 24, 2013
On June 14th, Independence National Historical Park celebrating Flag Day and the birthday of the United States Army with several partners, including the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Flag Day Association, United States Army, Pennsylvania National Guard and the City of Philadelphia.
The free event began at 9 a.m. with a parade from the National Constitution Center down Independence Mall, followed by a flag raising ceremony at Independence Hall.
Independence Hall is the ideal location for the annual flag raising. The U.S. Army was created in Independence Hall on June 14, 1775. Two years later, to the day, the Continental Congress, meeting in Independence Hall, passed the Flag Act describing the flag of the United States.
“Today, the flag reminds us that together, united, we are strong,” said Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod. “Where better to commemorate these milestones than at Independence Hall, the place where it all happened.”
According to Michael Axelrod, vice president of the Philadelphia Flag Association, the flag ceremony celebrates “priceless, unique pieces of American history.”
Other keynote speakers included Vince Stango of the National Constitution Center, Jim Donahue of the William Penn Chapter of the Association of the US Army, and Richard Rovsek of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation.
In addition to the speakers, the audience enjoyed music from a live band, ate birthday cake to commemorate the United States Army, and had an opportunity to stand with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin to ring the Freedom Bell, honoring our past, present and future armed forces.
The event concluded as the Spirit of Liberty Sky Diving Team landed on Independence Mall. Led by former Army Ranger and Green Beret Gene Newsom and team owner and project leader John Hart, members of the sky diving team carried U.S. flags as they soared through the air and onto Independence Mall.
“America’s love affair for flags didn’t begin until the civil war,” said Axelrod, and this past event proves that Philadelphia is still in love with America and all its tremendous history.