Fly the flag proudly on June 14

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By Fiona Blair

Hello Readers: A reminder ee another week passes with very little rain ee and the heat rises. For the safety of your health, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Also, stating the obvious, never leave a pet or child in a hot, parked car.

Saturday, June 14 is Flag Day. A short historyee In 1885, Mr. Cigrand, a schoolteacher in Wisconsin, arranged for his pupils to observe June 14, as “Flag Birthday” or “Flag Day” which was the 108th anniversary of the adoption of “The Stars and Stripes.”

In 1889, Mr. Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York, planned appropriate ceremonies for his schoolchildren, which was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. In 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia had a Flag Day celebration, and the following year the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution celebrated Flag Day also.

On April 25, 1893, at a suggestion from Col. Granville Leach, historian for the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all in authority as well as private citizens to display the flag on the 14th. Schoolchildren conducted appropriate exercises and were each given a small flag.

As a result of the resolution, the superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia directed that Flag Day celebrations be held in Independence Square. Schoolchildren, each with a flag, assembled, patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that the flag be flown on all public buildings. In that year, 300,000 schoolchildren celebrated Flag Day in Chicago’s parks.

Inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, was officially established by a proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. However, it was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Do you know what the colors of the flag symbolize?

Red: Valor, courage, integrity.

White: Liberty, equality, purity and innocence.

Blue: Faith and loyalty, vigilance, perseverance and justice.

The stars represent “a new constellation.” A republic was a new system of government in the 1700s. Leaders work to help all the people, not just a few that they consider “special.” Since the people choose the leaders, the people hold the power of government.

Come on Palm Cay, let’s see a sea of flags on June 14. God bless America.

Birthday Girl

A very happy birthday to Elsie Halderman. Born on June 6, 1910, Elsie lived in Montoursville, Pennsylvania until she relocated in 2001 to Palm Cay to live with her son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Mary Halderman.

She has another daughter in Madison, Wisconsin. Many happy returns, Mrs. Halderman, as you celebrate 98 years young.

Wednesday Social

Don’t forget to join in the fun at the Oasis on June 18, for the Wednesday Night Social at 7 p.m. Dean Daniels will be here to entertain and amuse you with his guitar and instant song writing, all for the donation of $2 at the door.

Potluck Social

Mark your calendars for the Potluck Social on Saturday, June 28, at 6 p.m. Swiss steak is the meat choice for $1. Bring your favorite side or dessert dish to serve 4 to 6 people, and enjoy the fellowship of your friendly neighbors.

Pine Run

Movie Night

Pine Run, our sister community across S.R. 200, is hosting Movie Night every Saturday at 7 p.m. in Happiness Hall. Palm Cay residents are invited to attend.

Bring your own chair or cushion. No admission charge, snacks available for a nominal fee.

June 14: The Great Race with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk.

June 21: The Good Shepherd with Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert DeNiro.

June 28: Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nichole Kidman.

For more information, call Pat Rappaport at 351- 0680.

August Social

A heads-up for an unusual August Social. “Christmas in August” is Nancy Solomon’s great idea. The charge is $2, and the tickets will be used for bidding on raffle items. The proceeds will go to a charity designated by a drawing. In addition, half of the admission fee will be donated toward that charity.

So, if you paint, sculpt, knit, quilt, bake, sew, or would like to offer a piece of jewelry or other item of value, we will need to receive these by July 25.

To all you dad’s out there, happy Father’s Day, June 15.

There is box in the library at the Oasis for residents to place their newsy tidbits, group activity information, travels, etc. I am listed in the Palm Cay directory or e-mail to fiona-blair@hotmail.com.

Fiona Blair lives quietly with her feline friends, Sir Thomas, Sir Gerold, and adopted mom to Lady Lucinda. Her interests include walking, swimming, calligraphy, old movies ee