Flag Day ceremony in Ballard Park June 14

This year’s Flag Day ceremony — Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m. at Ballard Park Gazebo — will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

This special ceremony will be conducted by members of the American Legion and the Marine Corps Detachment of Ridgefield.  

“Flag Day is a day when we all gather to bring attention to the red, white and blue that unites all Americans,” said George Besse, Post 78 commander.

The program will feature a colorful look at the Battle of Belleau Wood, one of the most important battles ever fought by the U.S. Marine Corps.  

In addition to short speeches and patriotic music, the Marine Corps will demonstrate the proper and legal means of retiring worn, faded and unserviceable flags. The program features an actual flag retirement ceremony.

“This program honors the hardworking men and women who have stood behind the principles of the flag making this the greatest and most successful country in the world,” said Besse. “Please come and join us in honoring our flag and what it stands for.”