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Berle Wilson with neighborhood flags waving.

People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.

If you happen to be driving in the Greenbrier neighborhood of Hygeia Springs in the next few days, you can’t help but notice the flags flying in many yards. 

This is a small neighborhood of five short streets but the residents are anything but small. They are friendly, giving, and patriotic folks who routinely walk their dogs, push their baby carriages, exercise walk and speak to their neighbors on a daily basis. And sometimes assist their friends when needed.

Some have always displayed flags on holidays but thanks to the Cub Scout Pack 461 and Boy Scout Troop 460, there are many flags flying now. For a fund-raising fee, the Scouts bring a nice large American flag to the Hygeia Springs residents on five flag flying holidays of the year. Hygeia Springs is celebrating Flag Day this week.  On Memorial Day, the flags were flying to remember the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces.

The scouts will come again on Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day. It’s a win/win situation. The scouts perform a worthy fund-raising mission and the neighborhood residents get to donate to a great organization and celebrate America’s great Patriotic holidays.

Submitted by E. Jay Wilson.

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