Hometown Heroes

Flag Day Is More Than Beer And Barbecue

The American flag means a lot to Braxton Butler. The Army veteran enlisted in 1952 and served stateside as well as in Germany, Korea, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia—as a chief warrant officer and later as a civil servant. While he is no longer in the military, Butler wants to make sure veterans who defended that flag are honored every year.

For the past three years, Butler has worked with the Elks Lodge to host a Flag Day celebration.

“I really appreciate the hard work and sacrifice of all veterans—both those who are alive and those who are not,” Butler said. “I know many of both.”

This year’s celebration will be on June 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial in Downtown Huntsville. The event is free and open to the public.

Flag day seems to get lost in the summer holidays. To help you remember, we have compiled a list of patriotic holidays and the meaning behind each one. 

  • Memorial Day: Memorial Day is a commemoration of soldiers who have died in combat.
  • Flag Day: Flag day celebrates the day America adopted the flag in 1777.
  • Fourth of July: Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776,
  • Patriot Day: Patriot Day honors those killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • Veterans Day: Veterans Day honors living veterans

Whether you go to the celebration or stay home with family and friends, take some time to remember the sacrifices made to protect the flag.

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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