Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak celebrates Flag Day
  
Kodiak celebrates Flag Day
by Julie Herrmann
Jun 16, 2014 | 91 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Boy Scout Troops 626 and 323 along with two members of the Kodiak 4-H (not pictured) presented seven older versions of the American flag. Julie Herrmann photo.
Boy Scout Troops 626 and 323 along with two members of the Kodiak 4-H (not pictured) presented seven older versions of the American flag. Julie Herrmann photo.
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Dozens of Kodiakans met at Camp Mueller for a celebration of Flag Day, sponsored by the Kodiak Elks Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

All Elks clubs are required to commemorate Flag Day, said James Swearingin, the leader of the Elks, at the beginning of the celebration.

The Coast Guard color guard placed the U.S. flag and the military flag at the front of the room to begin the event and retired the flags at the end.

The Golden Tones led the crowd in the national anthem and sang several songs including “America the Beautiful” and the “U.S. Armed Forces medley.”

They also sang a song titled “This Land is Your Land,” with four extra verses written about Alaska that included references to Kodiak, the Al-Can Highway, Barrow, the midnight sun and glaciers.

The Golden Tones also led half the crowd in singing “Yankee Doodle” while the other half sang, “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

“I think it went very well, and I thought our selection of songs was good,” said Elinor Poll Ramos, one of the Golden Tones singers.

Ramos said it was her eighth or ninth time participating in the Flag Day celebration, and every year is slightly different.

She added that she enjoyed doing the medley of “Yankee Doodle” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” with the crowd.

Ed DeNoyelles, a member of the VFW and the American Legion, ranked the event as “very important” for the organizations involved and the community.

“I think especially for the Boy Scouts and the younger generation, to be able to experience the history and for all as well to participate and enjoy the celebration of our flag and the history of our country,” DeNoyelles said.

Kodiak’s two Boy Scout troops and members of the Kodiak 4-H carried in seven earlier versions of the American flag as the history of the flag was told by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Toward the end, members of the Kodiak 4-H read an essay about the American flag, and the color guard folded an American flag as the meaning of each fold was explained to the audience.

For Naoko Kozuma, who is from Japan, that was the best part.

“It was very interesting to see the flag folded into a triangle and hear about it, and understanding the history behind the flag,” Kozuma said. “It was very fun.”

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com

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