Float in the 1999 Flag Day Parade anticipating the Framingham Tercentennial in 2000.
Flag Day Weekend (Framingham)
A Flag Day celebration is particularly appropriate
for Framingham, as it was the site of the first factory established
for manufacturing the American flag. Following a directive of the
Board of Selectment of Framingham in 1986, the Framingham
Celebration Committee was formed and, after considerable discussion
and debate, tentatively set Flag Day, June 14, 1987, as the date
for a Framingham Parade -- the first in nearly ten years. It was
decided that in honor of the bicentennial of the United States
Constitution, the parade would be complemented by a weekend-long
series of events, including an outdoor band concert, a Flag Day
Ball, and a Flag Retirement ceremony.
In subsequent years, the concert, ball and parade
remained the core of the Celebration Weekend. In 1989, the first
annual running of the 'Framingham Five Miler' made its debut. Each
year a specific theme is chosen for the float competition, and have
included "Our Town"; "Education - Our Future"; "Spirit of Unity";
and "Our Heritage." The Framingham Celebration Committee will be
going all-out for the Flag Day Weekend during its town's 300th
anniversary year (tercentennial) in 2000.
Project documentation comprises a list of themes for
the Flag Day Parade, a list of Grand Marshalls, several pages of
text, newspaper clippings, a flyer/poster, color photos, and video
of the 1999 Flag Day Parade.
Originally submitted by: Edward J. Markey, Representative (7th District).
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