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TICONDEROGA Fort Ticonderoga, in conjunction with Elks from Ticonderoga, Plattsburgh, Saranac Lake, Keeseville, Glens Falls and Whitehall will present a Flag Day service on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at the fort. The patriotic ceremony is free and open to the public. Attendees should arrive beginning at 10:30 a.m. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Ticonderoga Elks pavilion on Delano Road, Ticonderoga. Fort Ticonderoga is an excellent site for commemorating Flag Day, as it was the site of Americas first victory in the American Revolution. The service includes a Parade of Flags led by the Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps and a flag folding ceremony by the Ticonderoga Boy Scouts. The Champlain Valley Chorale will provide music. The Essex County Marine Corps League Leathernecks Drill Team will provide the gun salute and the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Team will provide the color guard. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Ticonderoga will hand out flags. Flag Day originated in 1885 when a school teacher from Wisconsin began to observe June 14 as Flag Birthday in his class. The event commemorates the official adoption of the flag by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia during the American Revolution on June 14, 1777. In 1949 President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating National Flag Day. Since 1907, the Elks have publicly honored Flag Day.

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