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Flag Day Celebration Held on Downtown Mall

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Flag Day event held on at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville. Flag Day event held on at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville.

Independence Day may be weeks away, but we had something big to celebrate Friday afternoon.  National Flag Day marks the anniversary of the first adoption of the United States flag 236 years ago.

More than 100 people gathered in downtown Charlottesville to celebrate America's lasting symbol and the men and women who fight to protect it. The ceremony at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion began with a posting of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the swearing in of new Army recruits, and recognition of veterans.  

The Charlottesville Municipal Band played some patriotic tunes, wrapping up Charlottesville’s celebration of Flag Day and our armed forces.

The flag was adopted by the second continental congress on this day in 1777. It wasn't until 1914, though, that Woodrow Wilson officially declared June 14 Flag Day, and the celebration was officially adopted by Congress in 1949.

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