May 28, 2018
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Eddington plans Flag Day, bicentennial celebrations

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

EDDINGTON, Maine — The town of Eddington turned 200 in February, and to celebrate the bicentennial, a number of events are scheduled, including a Flag Day ceremony at the town office at 5 p.m. Sunday, Town Clerk Denise Knowles has announced.

“The program has various speakers and patriotic music,” she said. “Everyone is invited

to this celebration.”

Town Manager Russell Smith acknowledged that the town in jumping the gun slightly.

“Flag Day is actually Tuesday, the 14th, but we’re doing the ceremony on the 12th,” he said. “We’ll raise the colors and sing songs, have speakers, veterans and a bagpiper.”

The Second Continental Congress passed a resolution honoring the flag in 1777 but it was President Woodrow Wilson who officially proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day in 1916. Under President Harry S. Truman, National Flag Day was created in August 1949, but it still is not a federal holiday.

The Eddington Bicentennial Committee also is planning a three-day event next month, July 22-24, and is looking for parade participants and teams to play baseball against each other.

“We’re looking for people, floats, bands, Boy and Girl Scouts, clubs, businesses, area fire departments who want to participate” in the parade, Smith said.

The baseball games will be held July 23 and 24.

“If you would like to put together a business team or an adult team or a family team, contact Tracy Gideon at 843-6232,” the town’s website states.

The deadline to sign up a team is July 5.

Creating a list of past and current veterans is another goal of the Bicentennial Committee.

“If you are one or know someone who is a veteran, and is a past or current resident of Eddington, please call the Town Office at 843-5233,” the website states.

The Eddington Bicentennial Committee also is selling commemorative T-shirts, hats and canvas bags at the town office to raise funds for the bicentennial celebration.

To sign up to be part of the parade or for information, call Susan Dunham-Shane at 843-6441.

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