A Hero’s Welcome has been invited once again, to participate in the annual Patriotic American Flag Celebration in Phoenixville, PA . The ceremony has strong meaning to the Phoenixville community as a day to commemorate finding the town’s stolen and defaced American Flag. Please join us as Phoenixville uses this flag celebration to teach the area students the true meaning of our flag, Memorial Day and the sacrifices of our Military.
The Origin of the Annual Kiwanis Patriotic Celebration, held each year in Reeves Park, began 21 years ago when the huge flag donated by the Kiwanis in the park was maliciously cut down from the 85 foot flag pole over Memorial Day weekend. A Kiwanis member found the flag a week later floating in nearby French Creek. Our flag was cleaned and minor damages repaired. Preparations were made to have it reinstalled. However, being so close to Flag Day, June 14, it was suggested that we hold off till then, just a few days away, and honor “Old Glory” with a grand celebration. All “red tape” was cut in approximately two working days. First, it was necessary to reinstall the line on our 85 ft. pole. This was graciously accomplished by our local Fire Department using their 100 foot ladder truck. Then, permission was granted by the Phoenixville Area School District School Administration, to have area school children attend with the High School Band participating and rendering patriotic selections.
A complete patriotic program was developed.
A sound system was borrowed from our YMCA and a program speaker was provided by nearby Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge to address the children. A local story teller rendered a tale about a stolen flag.
Over 1000 area school children attended our first grand celebration after getting “permission slips” signed to participate – again, all accomplished in approximately two working days!
It can be done using common sense. Throughout the subsequent years, the celebration has maintained the same basic patriotic theme with children from all area elementary schools in attendance as well as the middle school chorus, and the award winning high school band rendering patriotic selections.
Perhaps this may be the only event during the entire school year where just about every school in our Phoenixville area, from elementary through high school, is represented. Many area residents and dignitaries now attend and Freedoms Foundation has continued to support our program. The date, on which the annual event is held, has been moved to correspond, as close as possible to May 30, the traditional Memorial Day, since many schools now end their school year prior to June 14, Flag Day.
Rally Time: 9:10
Rally Location: 785 Starr St, Phoenixville, PA
Acme Shopping Center parking lot