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Nevada Guard hosting 20th annual Flag Day, U.S. Army birthday at Capitol

2nd Lt. Emerson Marcus
Nevada Guard State Historian

A Nevada National Guard joint color guard presents the colors during the 18th annual Flag Day ceremony at the Nevada Capitol in 2016.

CARSON CITY – The Nevada National Guard is set to host its 20th annual Flag Day and U.S. Army's 243rd birthday celebration 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Nevada Veterans Memorial on Capitol grounds, 101 N. Carson St.

This year's ceremony will feature keynote speaker Caleb Cage, chief of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security advisor.

Before working for the state, Cage, a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army captain, served two deployments in Iraq.

Nevada Army Guard Chief of Staff Col. Cory Schulz will also speak during the event.

The event is free and open to the public and will include the Nevada State Archive's 36-star flag first raised at Fort Ruby in White Pine County immediately following Nevada statehood in 1864; a historical flag presentation from the Nevada Air National Guard; a bagpiper; the local chapter of the Sons of American Revolution and a U.S. Army birthday cake.

The U.S. Army is two years older than the American 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.