Butler County Times Gazette
  • Celebrating the flag

  • The annual Flag Day ceremony at Forest Park featured a concert by the El Dorado Municipal Band and an address from Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet.
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  • HATS off!
    Along the street there comes
    A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
    A flash of color beneath the sky:
    Hats off!
    The flag is passing by!
     
    - from Henry Holcomb Bennett's "The Flag Goes By."
     
    The annual Flag Day ceremony at Forest Park featured a concert by the El Dorado Municipal Band and an address from Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet.
    Herzet began by reading "The Flag Goes By," a poem by Henry Holcomb Bennett.
    He then talked about the history of the American flag and how it has changed since it was raised by the Continental Army in 1776.
    "In August 1949, President Harry Truman proclaimed June 14 as flag day," said Herzet.
    He pointed out that the 50 stars represent a unified country.
    "We are unified," he said. "One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
    Herzet thanked those in attendance for letting him serve as sheriff, and thanked them for coming to the ceremony.
    "Happy Flag Day and God bless you," he said.
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