Ninety-nine years ago U. S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. It commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in 1777.
Edmonds Post 8870 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars marked the event Sunday by lowering the weathered existing flag in Edmonds City Park and raising a new and larger one in its place.
According to commander James Blossey, the 211-member Edmonds post has several members that are combat veterans of WWII as well as soldiers, sailors and airmen that participated in all wars and conflicts since then, including Afghanistan. Participants in this year’s Edmonds Flag Day ceremony included veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Iraq campaign.
Mayor Dave Earling and Parks Manager Rich Lindsay represented the City of Edmonds at the local ceremony.