U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Gaines, via Wikimedia Commons
HARTFORD — Celebrate the 238th birthday of the United States flag during Flag Day, Sunday, June 14, at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower.
More than 50 U.S. flags will line the drive to the tower thanks to Boy Scout Troop 16 of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Alton.
At 10 a.m. the Scouts will begin to place the flags along both sides of the road at the entrance to the tower. At each flag they will perform a brief flag ceremony. The placement of the flags is expected to take approximately an hour. The flags will remain on site until the tower closes at 5 p.m. The Alton VFW is donating flags for this event.
Flag Day is a national observance commemorating the adoption of the U.S. flag in 1777. It became a national event in 1949 by an Act of Congress.
To help observe Flag Day, the first 60 visitors to the tower will receive a small handheld flag. The Flag Day event is free, although there is a charge to tour the tower.
“Our Flag Day Celebration has been very popular with visitors,” said Deanna Barnes, projects manager for Hartford. “Seeing the display of the flags from the tower’s three levels is a sight not to be missed and gives you a wonderful feeling of patriotism.”
The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower is open seven days a week. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tours are $4 for adults, $3 for adults older than 62, veterans and active military, $2 for children and children younger than 2 are free. For information about the Confluence Tower and to get the full event schedule, call (618) 251-9101 or visit the events page at www.confluencetower.com.