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Southern California honors the red, white and blue

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It tends to get short shrift in the pantheon of holidays, but Tuesday is Flag Day, a nationwide observance meant to honor June 14, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress adopted the first unified American flag.

In Los Angeles, celebrations will take place at an array of locations.

Fairfax High School, for example, plans a ceremony Tuesday at 6 p.m.

In Pico Rivera, a ceremony is slated for City Hall in the evening.

National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress in 1949. Perhaps the main reason the day is often overlooked is Congress did not specify it as a holiday requiring time off for federal workers.

As part of the 1949 act, lawmakers requested the president issue an annual proclamation calling for the day’s observance and for the flag’s display on all federal buildings.

In 1966, Congress designated the week in which June 14 falls as “National Flag Week.”

In a statement released by the White House, President Obama urged Americans to observe both Flag Day and Flag Week.

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-- Kurt Streeter

Photo: American flags on display at a July 4th celebration in Westchester in 2002. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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