HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This a news release from the African American Military History Museum.
On Saturday, June 13, the African American Military History Museum will host a Flag Day Celebration with a special Flag Folding Ceremony presented by Sergeant First Class Patricia Thompson and members of the Miss. Youth Challenge Academy. National Flag Day was named a national day of observance by President Truman in 1949. Admission for the event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The celebration will open with a welcome and Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National Anthem. Sergeant First Class Patricia Thompson will present a special Flag Folding ceremony that honors those who have helped shaped the nation's history, especially those who have died in service in order to protect American rights, freedoms and privileges. A reception will follow with light refreshments for attendees.
"The American Flag is a national symbol that represents freedom and pride. Our annual Flag Day Celebration gives us the opportunity to educate the community on U.S. Flag traditions and etiquette," said Museum General Manager, Latoya Norman. "We have several flags in our collection that were donated by loved ones of deceased veterans. These flags are always neatly folded and tell a story of courage and strength. The flag itself is very significant and so is the meaning of each fold. The symbol of each fold is given during our ceremony."
In the past year, the African American Military History Museum has hosted 5,026 visitors. Visitors include school groups, tour buses from around the country, military men and women, other locals, and those drawn to Hattiesburg for its rich military and Civil Rights history.
The African American Military History Museum is a Hattiesburg Convention Commission Facility. Since 1991, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission has been developing, operating and promoting tourism-related facilities for the Hattiesburg area. For more information, visitwww.HattiesburgUSO.com.