The Nevada National Guard is set to host its 19th annual Flag Day and U.S. Army’s 242nd birthday celebration 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial at the Capitol, 101 N. Carson St., Carson City.
This year’s ceremony will feature keynote speaker Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell, a retired U.S. Navy captain and Vietnam War veteran. The event is free and open to the public and will include the Sparks Heritage Museum’s 36-star, 1860s-era American flag; a historical flag presentation from the Nevada Air National Guard; a bagpiper; the local chapter of the Sons of American Revolution and a cake marking the U.S. Army’s birthday.
Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser is set to give the U.S. Army birthday speech. The U.S. Army is two years older than the U.S. Flag. A resolution of the Continental Congress authorized 10 companies of riflemen on June 14, 1775, giving birth to the U.S. Army. Two years later, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act and adopted the stars-and-stripes design as our nation’s flag. In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed an act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.
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