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The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

To see the full article, visit: 
http://www.usflag.org/history/flagday.html

50 years later and still smiling
50 years later and still smiling
     
     The Liberty High School, Class of '67, 50th Reunion was a huge success!  A hearty 'thank you' goes out to all who attended. The Reunion Committee members are elated with the results of this effort.  Everyone reconnected in marvelous ways.  The display's that were set up had a steady stream of classmates gazing at the pictures and items brought in by other classmates. The room was filled with constant chatter and laughter as people met classmates they hadn't seen in 50 years!  All our hopes came alive yesterday as we, on the reunion committee, watched and mingled with people having a great time.  I believe we will all carry many warm memories with us for years to come from this milestone event.  
     Another thank you goes out to our guest speaker, Gary Lavelle for the warm and wise words he gave us.  Thank you for sharing your heart with us.  Many will carry those words with them for a long time to come.
     Thanks also goes out to John Bereuter, for his help in setting up and tearing down.  He also contributed many pieces of memorabilia to our display table.  Thanks John.  You've got the gift of helps.
     Another huge thank you goes to our tour guide, John Quigley, and Liberty High School for allowing us to see the new renovations made to our ole' Alma Mater.  It was fun. We were all so impressed with the wonderful new additions and changes made to so many areas of the campus.  The cafeteria was amazing and the pool....Wow! I wanted to jump in and take a swim, lol.  
     But all things must come to an end and even though it's over, the memories we took with us from this weekend will warm our hearts for a long time to come.  Stay connected to this website for future events, maybe even before 5 more years :)



 
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There are pictures of the 10th, 35th and 40th reunions on the "Photo Albums" webpage and some on the "Class Reunions" page.  Visit them to see who you may know or remember.  Don't forget to update your profile or post your own pics and current photos.  We love to see how everyone is doing! 

 
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