June 14 is Flag Day

June 13, 2012|Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown
  • Volunteers from Ravenwood Lutheran Village, from left, the late Sara Zenge, Juanita Shank and Ellen Phebus, work with Salem Avenue Elementary School students.
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Fly your American flag proudly on Thursday in honor of National Flag Day.

The idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. B.J. Cigrand, a school teacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wis., Public Schools, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of “The Stars and Stripes”) as “Flag Birthday.” 

It was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Ravenwood volunteers

Students at Salem Avenue Elementary School in Hagerstown were fortunate again this year to have volunteers visit from Ravenwood Lutheran Village. 

Residents Juanita Shank, the late Sara Zenge, Susan Logan and Ellen Phebus, along with staff members Abby Housel and Susan Zimmerer, visited teachers Sara Dillow’s and Sandy Melton’s classes about twice a month.

The volunteers helped students with learning centers and listened to them read.

“This has been a wonderful program,” Dillow said. “My students really look forward to their visits.”

When asked what they liked about coming to volunteer at the school the women all agreed, “It’s the kids, we love helping them.”

It was Zenge’s last visit to the school. Sadly, Zenge died on May 28 at the age of 98. When told of her passing, Dillow said, “She was so young at heart for her age, We loved having her help and will really miss her.”

West Hagerstown Lions Charter Night

The West Hagerstown Lions Club celebrated its 32nd Charter Night, the anniversary of obtaining its charter, on June 4.

The guest speaker was District Gov. Stephen Finger. Past District Gov. Barbara McKenney presented the Melvin Jones Award to Isaac Doleman. The award is the highest award given to a Lion for dedication and service. Mary Chaney was the recipient of the Lion of the Year Award for her hard work and leadership in various fundraising activities.


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