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Flag Day celebration planned at Portland Observatory

Posted June 13, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St., Portland, Maine

For more information: portlandlandmarks.org

PORTLAND, Maine — The annual Flag Day celebration will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St. It will be free to the public and feature tours and activities throughout the day.

The Portland Observatory (1807) is a National Historic Landmark and the last remaining maritime signal tower in the United States.

Full event schedule will be posted at www.portlandlandmarks.org.

9 am: Welcome— Kevin Donoghue, City Councilor, City of Portland

Hilary Bassett, Greater Portland Landmarks Executive Director

9 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE Tours of the Portland Observatory

Noon-3 p.m.: Craft activities for children

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Walking tours of Eastern Cemetery

Flag Day honors the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our national flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. This is the 14th year that Greater Portland Landmarks has helped Portland celebrate Flag Day with ceremonies and activities at the Portland Observatory.

Greater Portland Landmarks manages the Portland Observatory, the last remaining maritime signal tower in the United States. Built in 1807 by Capt. Lemuel Moody, the 86-foot-tall tower, with its panoramic views, enabled Capt. Moody to alert merchants and ship owners that a ship was soon to arrive. The city of Portland has owned the Observatory since 1937. It is open daily Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.

Founded in 1964, the mission of Greater Portland Landmarks is to preserve and revitalize the architectural fabric, history, and character of Greater Portland—renewing our neighborhoods, spurring economic development, and keeping Portland one of the most livable cities in America.

Volunteers will be stationed on each floor to answer visitors’ questions.

There will be children’s activities and scavenger hunts throughout the day, and hourly tours of Eastern Cemetery on Congress Street will be presented by Spirits Alive!

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