|Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008|
The annual commemoration of the opening of the Revolutionary War at the North Bridge in Concord, held yesterday morning, featured a nationwide flag-raising ceremony called âOld Gloryâs Journey of Remembrance.â
Sponsored by the White House Commission on Remembrance, this flag raising ceremony honored the service and sacrifices of Americaâs fallen heroes and veterans. The flag that was raised in the ceremony began its cross country trip on December 7, 2007 at the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. Every Monday until Memorial Day the flag will be raised at a designated historic or patriotic site.
Minute Man is one of 25 sites selected for stops in this journey. Other stops on the tour include battle sites from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War II, various national and military cemeteries, and shrines such as Fort McHenry, Independence Hall, and the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Minute Man was the seventh stop on this six month tour.
The ceremony, held at 9:30 a.m. at the North Bridge, included welcoming remarks by the superintendent, participation by local veterans, the music of the U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty and the 4-H Fifes and Drums, the raising of âOld Glory,â the playing of taps, a musket salute by the Concord Minute Men and Acton Minute Men, and a cannon volley by the Concord Independent Battery.
The ceremony coincided with the town of Concord Patriotâs Day celebration. Immediately following the ceremony, the Patriotâs Day parade passed over the North Bridge.
âMinute Man NHP is proud to be a part of this remarkable journey of a very special flag which will be flown over so many of our nationâs battlefields and commemorative sites,â said superintendent Nancy Nelson. âIt is an opportunity to honor the sacrifices of countless Americans throughout our nationâs history.â
âOld Gloryâs Journey of Remembranceâ will culminate at the U.S. Capitol on Memorial Day, where it will take part in a National Moment of Remembrance ceremony. More information on the journey and the National Moment of Remembrance is available at http://www.remember.gov .