June 14, 2017 Edition

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Today is Flag Day

Today is Flag Day in the United States. According to the National Flag Day Foundation, Bernard J. Cigrand began the movement to bring about a national recognition of an observance of Flag Day. On June 14, 1885, Cigrand, then a 19-year-old teacher at Stony Hill School in Waubeka, Wisc., placed a 10-inch 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk and then assigned essays to his students on the flag and its significance.

The observance commemorates Congress' adoption of the stars and stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. Cigrand would spend many years of devoted effort to bring about national recognition of Flag Day. When Cigrand was age 50, President Wilson issued on May 30, 1916, the proclamation calling for the nationwide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating the 14th day of June as National Flag Day.

Pictures of the Past

One of the summer's pastimes from the early 1950s to the present time is stopping at the Dairy King in Portia for a snack. Sandwiches, milk shakes, malts, drinks and ice cream were some of the popular items for sale on the menu board from this July 1960 photo. Ice cream was served by the cone or by various containers from a pint to a gallon. Elmer and Thelma Milligan were owners when this picture was taken. The present owner is Gina Rorex. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of Tina Milligan Stowers

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