FROM THE CLUB PRESIDENT

 

June Newsletter Article

by Lou Mitchell





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IMPORTANT:  I’m glad we went directly to DC instead of the Pentagon for Rolling Thunder on May 25th. Pat Hasiak arrived at the Pentagon at 11:00 AM and couldn’t get into the North Parking Lot and the other two small lots were full also, so he went to the South Parking Lot and found a spot. He said he saw Emily’s Trike. When we got to the Wall we first went through the Vendors on the other side of the Wall, then went through the Wall. Afterwards, we went across Constitution Ave and went through Thunder Alley where the Vendors line both sides of 19th Street. We returned and went to the Korean Memorial.
----Then we decided to get into the lineup to watch the Bikes from the Pentagon come in as they left at 12:00 noon. The same Marine came to the corner on Constitution Ave where he stands at attention and salutes the parade of bikes until the last one. We kept looking for Pat & Emily until 3:00 PM and they were still coming in, so I decided to leave before the crowd. TV announced that this was the largest Rolling Thunder with over a Million Bikes.
----Sunday the 25th, Memorial Day, I went to the VFW for their Ceremony for Veterans and of course, the free food and beer. It was a nice ceremony and they asked the Veterans present to raise their hands and passed out a nice Vietnam Pin. They had DJ, music and Karaoke and we had many good singers. I called Pat & he was in W.VA at the casinos and said he would be leaving soon and would come to the VFW, which he did, and afterward we took the long ride on back roads to Warrenton for Ice Cream. Well to our surprise, they were closed, so we went to the Rte 29 & home.
FATHER OF FLAG DAY:
----Most people never heard of Bernard J. Cigrand. While working as a grade school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, in 1885, nineteen year old Cigrand, who was paid $40 a month, held the first recognized formal observance of Flag Day at the one-room Stony Hill School. Cigrand, the son of immigrants from Luxembourg, was a patriotic man who kept a small American Flag in his classroom. On June 14, 1885, he asked his students to write an essay about what the flag meant to them. The exercise he held that day is generally recognized as the first Flag Day observance. From the late 1880’s on, Cigrand spoke around the country promoting patriotism, respect for the flag, and the need for the annual observance of a flag day on June 14, the day in 1777 that the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes. He moved to Chicago to attend dental school and, in June 1886, first publicly proposed an annual observance of the birth of the United States flag in an article titled “the Fourteenth of June”, published in the Chicago Argus newspaper. In June 1888, Cigrand advocated establishing the holiday in a speech before the “Sons of America", a Chicago group. The organization founded a magazine, American Standard, in order to promote reverence for American emblems. Cigrand was appointed editor-in-chief and wrote articles in the magazine as well as in other magazines and newspapers to promote the holiday. On the third Saturday in June 1894, a public school children’s celebration of Flag Day took place in Chicago at Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln and Washington Parks. More than 300,000 children participated, and the celebration was repeated the next year. Cigrand became president of the American Flag Day Association and later of the National Flag Day Society, which allowed him to promote his cause with organizational backing. Cigrand once noted he had given 2,188 speeches on patriotism and the flag.. Cigrand generally is credited with being the “Father of Flag Day”, with the Chicago Tribune noting that he “almost singlehandedly” established the holiday.
----If any member wishes to write an article for the Newsletter about any topic, riding, vacation, rally’s , weekend trips, news we can use, education, mechanical work, jokes, special recipes , what happened to me on the way to work or home, past events, meetings and especially send in photos, etc, please get them into George by the 15th of the month. After the 15th send in next months Newsletter.
----Annual Dues will be due May 1, 2015. Please get them in to Lou at the address below or to our treasurer Ken Ball or at our Meeting.

----Joyce & I wish all Happy Father's Day.

----Let’s Roll – Lou Mitchell PO Box 49, Occoquan, 22125, lwmitchell3@juno.com or lwmitchell3@verizon.net

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