The City of Malden celebrated Flag Day on June 14th at Bell Rock Memorial Park. The annual event was coordinated by Ward 1 City Councillor Peg Crowe and School Committee member Mike Drummey. Mayor Gary Christenson, State Representative Steve Ultrino, local elected and City officials, members of the Malden Fire and Police Departments and residents were treated to music performed by the Malden High School Choral Arts Society and the Malden High School Band. The Invocation was performed by Salvation Army Captain James Labbe. The Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance and recited the poem "I am the Flag" by Ruth Apperson Rous. A traditional Flag folding ceremony was demonstrated with Sergeant Joe Pullen officiating while Eagle Scout Paul Albright read the meaning for each of the folds of the flag. Major Joy Labbe of the Salvation Army closed the ceremony.
Malden High School graduate of the Class of 2017, Alicia Devereaux was honored with a citation presented on behalf of the City by Veterans Services Director Kevin Jarvis for her devoted participation in Veterans Day and Memorial Day activities. During her four years at Malden High, Alicia has been alongside our veterans and their families in all kinds of weather, playing patriotic songs and closing every ceremony with her very moving rendition of TAPS. Alicia will begin studying at Berklee College of Music this fall.
Flag Day commemorates the June 14, 1777 adoption of the United States Flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14th as Flag Day and on August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating every June 14th as National Flag Day.
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
Photos by City of Malden