Each year on June 14, America celebrates the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes, the beautiful flag of our home sweet home. The celebration began in 1885, on the 108th anniversary of the Flag Resolution passed by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. However, the official congressional legislation designating June 14 as Flag Day was signed into law in 1949 by US President Harry Truman.
This year you can explore one of Wilmington’s most visited and iconic destinations, the Battleship North Carolina, docked just across the Cape Fear River from historic, downtown Wilmington, and take home a special Flag-Day keepsake. From 10am to 2pm, American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard volunteers will assist visitors in hoisting and folding their own flag aboard the Battleship! Participants will be mailed a certificate of authenticity after the event. Visitors may bring their own flag, or purchase one at the Ship’s Store, proceeds from which benefit the upkeep and promotion of the Battleship and its many educational exhibits.
A National Historic Landmark, authentically restored to her World War II glory, The Battleship North Carolina Memorial was opened to the public in 1961. The ship serves to honor “the 11,000 North Carolinians of all branches of the service who gave their lives in World War II.”
Happy Flag Day!