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Patriot’s Day Ceremony Features “Old Glory” Tribute

Minute Man National Historical Park

National Park News

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 “Old Glory’s Journey of Remembrance.”

Sponsored by the White House Commission on Remembrance, this flag raising ceremony honored the service and sacrifices of America’s 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 “Old Glory,” 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 Patriot’s Day celebration. Immediately following the ceremony, the Patriot’s Day parade passed over the North Bridge.

“Minute 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 nation’s battlefields and commemorative sites,” said superintendent Nancy Nelson.  “It is an opportunity to honor the sacrifices of countless Americans throughout our nation’s history.”

“Old Glory’s Journey of Remembrance” 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 .



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