UPDATED: Flag Day, Estabrook SOI

Learn about our flag from the National Heritage Museum.

Afternoon Update: 3:45 p.m.

Lexington Public Schools Superintendent Paul Ash told Budget Summit members last night that the state approved our emergency statement of interest (SOI) to rebuild 

According to Ash, this is only the second time the state has approved this type of emergency request. The first occurred after a school fire in Somerville.

We know for certain we'll get 31 percent reimbursement. With luck and more work, that may increase another nine percent.

Thank you to the School Committee, Paul Ash and concerned parents for making this happen.


Morning Post: 5:45 a.m.

Stars and Stripes

An upcoming event caught my eye this morning – even though it’s months away. The  on Marrett Road, is honoring Flag Day on June. 11. Flag Day is June 14, and was started by President Woodrow Wilson.  I know this because it was my late father’s birthday and I think of him – and flags – every year.

From 1 to 3:30 p.m. on June 11, a family program will explore the origin, history, legends and myths of the American flag. A 15-star flag will be the backdrop behind the podium.

The museum staff promises interesting details about the American flag. Years ago, I did a story on our American flag. I had to search for a flag expert, and went to the VFW where I was told the expert was Waltham resident John Hancock – my uncle. (He is of the same lineage as the John Hancock.)

He told me the obvious facts. Don’t let the flag touch the ground, and treat it with respect. His biggest lesson was to replace it when it was worn. I learned from his friends he’d knock on doors that displayed frayed and torn flags and tell them it was time for a replacement. More often than not, he’d offer them the replacement. Once a year, they’d hold a solemn celebration and burn the old flags in a special ceremony.

He taught me about proper treatment, but I have no idea about legends and myths, which is why I’ll be attending this event. There’s a $7 entrance fee, and you can call 781-861-6559 for more information.

Click here if you want to read a bit more about our flag.

Polly Kienle February 15, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Denise, We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Flag Day program on Saturday, June 11th. We're so glad you chose to highlight it! In case anyone would like to learn more about the history of the U.S. flag, I'd like to point out a lecture at the National Heritage Museum in May. On Saturday , May 14, 2 PM, we'll welcome flag historian Scot Guenter, professor of American Studies at San Jose State University. His free public lecture will be on "Contested Meanings of the Twentieth-Century Flag: Sacred Symbol, Symbolic Speech." Visit the Museum online at nationalheritagemuseum.org for our programs listings. Sincerely, Polly Kienle Public Programs Coordinator National Heritage Museum 781 457-4126; PKienle@monh.org
Denise J. Dubé February 15, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Thank you Polly. I'd love to learn more and will put the May date on my calendar. I learned a lot from my uncle and was unaware of flag protocol. I'm sure Scot can teach me even more, and I'll share it with our readers.


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