On Saturday, June 13th at 9 am the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree) will commemorate Flag Day (officially observed June 14th) by hosting a ceremony on the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.
Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus are noted for their focus on Patriotism. Known as “Sir Knights,” they support members of the community, veterans, and active-duty military. Saturday, the group will retire and replace an American Flag on the U.S.S. Yorktown. A short recitation will accompany each fold of the retired flag.
The ceremony will be streamed live on Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/patriotspoint.org. Visitors may view the ceremony in person aboard the Yorktown. Normal admission charges will apply.
The American flag, or “Stars and Stripes,” is the official national symbol of the United States of America and was authorized as such by the Second Continental Congress on Saturday, June 14, 1777.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation designating June 14 as Flag Day. President Wilson stated that he selected this day because “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He added, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”
The video below is from a past ceremony.