National Flag Exhibit Coming to Medford; First Time Since 2000!
Mayor Michael J. McGlynn is calling upon all Medford’s citizens to volunteer to carry one of ten flags from the National Flag Exhibit during Community Day, being held Sunday, September 21st at the McGlynn & Andrews School campuses, adjacent to Hormel Stadium.
Community Day is a free family event, dedicated to Wally Kountze and the late Ben Averbook, two residents who devoted countless hours of volunteer time to help improve the quality of life in Medford.
The National Flag Exhibit is a collection of historic flags (each 90 feet by 45 feet, nine stories high) led by the famous Mount Rushmore Flag commissioned by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. It has represented the United States in over 30 countries and was the first American flag to be carried under the English Channel. It was sewn together and dedicated at the Kennedy Library in Boston. It has traveled to the outback in Australia, the beaches in Normandy, France and the Iditarod in Alaska.
“This is only one of our many scheduled events for Community Day. We are trying to break the record of 8 National Flags displayed in Medford Square during the Millennium Celebration in 2000, with over 2500 volunteers,” said Mayor McGlynn.
Flags available to carry and unfurl:
– Mt Rushmore American Flag – which will be raised by a crane
– 48 Star American Flag – also known as the World War II Flag
– 50 Star American Flag
– 50 Star American Flag
– Australian Flag
– Italian Flag
– Irish Flag
– Canadian Flag
– United Kingdom (British) Flag
– United States Navy Flag
Each flag requires 100 volunteers.
If your church, school, civic or social organization wishes to participate, and unfurl a flag, or if you are a veteran and want to choose which flag to unfurl, or you and your neighborhood or friends want to join us, please email Mary Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, address, phone and how many people are planning to attend with you. You may also call the Mayor’s Office at (781) 393-2409. For those residents of Medford who do not see the flag of their nation’s birth, please call Linda or Addie at (781) 393-2407 and we will attempt to provide that flag for you, and hope you will participate in the procession with us. The deadline for signing up is Friday, September 5th at noon.
Photo of the Mount Rushmore American flag by Marcus Howard from the last time the flag was in Medford, November 2013.