Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
Monday was Flag Day. The holiday, which was established by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and officially designated by Congress in 1949, commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.
So, with that holiday on our mind this week, we went digging to see if there were any local Flag Day celebrations in the period after Wilson’s proclamation, either in 1916 or subsequent years.
We couldn’t find any specific Flag Day celebrations. What we did find, however, often in the days leading up to or following Flag Day, were other events celebrating our nation’s origins and continued evidence of the county’s contributions to the nation’s conflict at that time – WWI.
On the day before Flag Day, 1918, the Olive Hill community was planning their Fourth of July celebration, and planning for the entertainment of soldiers who would be home on leave from their military duty.
In the same issue (Carter Did Her Duty) the paper told readers about six Carter County natives who had enlisted in the United States Navy to serve in what would end up being the last months of the war.
Two weeks later, on June 27, the paper reported that another 30 men had left Carter County for service in the Army (30 More Men Leave Carter).
Another week after that the paper related the story of a local church who unveiled a service flag, bearing the original 13 stars (Service Flag Unveiled). The unveiling included a sermon noting the symbolism and messages behind the American Flag and other flags unveiled during the service – including the Christian flag, the Red Cross Flag, and the Service Flag.
So, while we didn’t find any Flag Day events, we found the spirit behind the holiday alive and well in Carter County as the young men of our community continued to sacrifice for America and her allies. And it’s the spirit, after all, that matters.
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