Anyone looking out their window or stepping out to lunch on lower Broadway at noon on June 14 was greeted with the wonderful sight of over 650 NYC school children and dozens of historic and patriotic organizations marching proudly and waving hundreds of American Flags. Each year since 1916 on June 14 the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York celebrate the American Flag by hosting a Flag Day Parade through Lower Manhattan. Under the direction of the new Flag Day Chairman Adam Paige Hess, who also served as emcee, this year’s event was the biggest in over a decade, with nearly 1000 participants marching!
The Parade ended with ceremonies in front of Fraunces Tavern at 54 Pearl Street. With the support of Federal Hall through the National Park Service, The Fife and Drum of the Old Barracks and The Hearts of Oak Independent Militia Company played colonial tunes at the start of the ceremonies. The NYC Department of Sanitation Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society performed, and onlookers were treated to patriotic songs sung by the PS 150Q Select Chorus.
Students who marched in the parade submitted essays on “What the American Flag Means to Me”. Two winning essayists were each awarded a plaque and a check for $100, and a check for $150 was given to each of their schools. Humberto Reboredo from The Academy of Saint Joseph and Jolina Guo from PS 2 read their essays to the cheering crowd gather in front of Fraunces Tavern.
After the parade and ceremony, marchers gathered in Fraunces Tavern Museum for a luncheon. Hudson Market graciously provided lunch for all marchers, including the students.
With the great success of Flag Day this year, we look forward to continuing this great patriotic New York City tradition!