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PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDMike Welsh, with the Allentown Flag Day Association Board, was master of ceremonies June 14 at the annual Flag Day ceremony in West Park, Allentown. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDMike Welsh, with the Allentown Flag Day Association Board, was master of ceremonies June 14 at the annual Flag Day ceremony in West Park, Allentown. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Leena Harris played “Taps” and “Retreat” for the ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Leena Harris played “Taps” and “Retreat” for the ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Emmanuel Cruz, Loretta Washington, Domenica Capuz and Javier Cruz, members of the William Allen High School Navy Jr. ROTC provided the Color Guard for Allentown’s Flag Day Ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Emmanuel Cruz, Loretta Washington, Domenica Capuz and Javier Cruz, members of the William Allen High School Navy Jr. ROTC provided the Color Guard for Allentown’s Flag Day Ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Jane Matsinger, master of divinity candidate with United Church of Christ, provided the opening prayer at the ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Jane Matsinger, master of divinity candidate with United Church of Christ, provided the opening prayer at the ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Thomas Applebach, director with the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs was the speaker for this year’s Flag Day Ceremony at West Park, Allentown. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Thomas Applebach, director with the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs was the speaker for this year’s Flag Day Ceremony at West Park, Allentown. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Evelyn Stewart led the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Allentown Flag Day ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Evelyn Stewart led the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Allentown Flag Day ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
South Mountain Middle Schooler Annas Farouq, read his second place winning essay for the contest “What Flag Day Means to Me” at the ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography South Mountain Middle Schooler Annas Farouq, read his second place winning essay for the contest “What Flag Day Means to Me” at the ceremony. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
With a little help from Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein, Jasmine Cordero read her first place winning essay. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography With a little help from Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein, Jasmine Cordero read her first place winning essay. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Members of the William Allen High School Navy JROTC provided the Color Guard for Allentown’s Flag Day Ceremony. Members included Emmanuel Cruz; Loretta Washington; Domenica Capuz; Javier Cruz Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Members of the William Allen High School Navy JROTC provided the Color Guard for Allentown’s Flag Day Ceremony. Members included Emmanuel Cruz; Loretta Washington; Domenica Capuz; Javier Cruz Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography

Allentown celebrates Flag Day

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

The Allentown Flag Day Association held its annual Flag Day Ceremony June 14 in West Park, Allentown.

This is the oldest incorporated Flag Day Association in America, having been organized in 1907.

With the Allentown Band, under the direction of Ron Demke, the beautiful music was accompanied by beautiful weather.

Thomas Applebach, director with Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker.

Flag Day essay winners from Allentown middle schools recited their essays for the attendees.