City proclaims June 14 National Flag Day and the week of June 9-15 National Flag Week

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
June 5, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.

Mayor John Miller reads Proclamation as DAR officers look on: (l-r) First Vice Regent Rebecca Mayle, Past Regent Marie Santry and Second Vice Regent Elizabeth Milo

Second Vice Regent of the Amelia Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Ms. Elizabeth Milo accepted the Proclamation from Fernandina Beach Mayor John Miller.  Miller reminded the audience that the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the newly formed nation on June 14, 1777.  He read:  “WHEREAS, when proud patriots took up the fight for independence, they came together under a standard that showed their common cause. When the wounds of civil war were still fresh and our country walked the long road to reconstruction, our people found hope in a banner that testified to the strength of our Union. Wherever our American journey has taken us, whether on that unending path to the mountaintop or high above into the reaches of space, Old Glory has followed, reminding us of the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens.”

Miller encouraged all citizens to join him in proudly displaying the American Flag and appreciating its legacy.

In accepting the Proclamation, Milo thanked the city for the recognition and reminded the audience that the DAR would be accepting worn out or damaged American flags for ceremonial retirement on Flag Day at Nassau County Fire Department Station No. 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Station 20 is located at the South End of Amelia Island at 5518 First Coast Highway.  For more information, call (904) 530-6620.

Suanne Thamm 4Editor’s Note: Suanne Z. Thamm is a native of Chautauqua County, NY, who moved to Fernandina Beach from Alexandria,VA, in 1994. As a long time city resident and city watcher, she provides interesting insight into the many issues that impact our city. We are grateful for Suanne’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.