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City of Little Rock Public Relations
Office (501) 371-4421
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Thursday, June 1, 2006
10th Annual “Flag Day” Family Event to Be Held Sunday, June 11 in MacArthur Park
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will present a family-oriented celebration of “Flag Day” on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds at MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock. Families are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. The event will include a free concert of patriotic music by the Little Rock Wind Symphony beginning at 7 p.m. and sponsored by Simmons First National Bank. Other sponsors include Blue Bell Creameries, which will provide free ice cream, and Woodmen of the World, who will provide free miniature American flags to those attending the event. A food vendor will also be present to sell beverages and light refreshments.
“We are excited about this opportunity for families to celebrate Flag Day together in such a wonderful setting,” says Stephan McAteer, executive director of the museum.
In 1949, President Harry S. Truman declared June 14 as Flag Day commemorating that date in 1777 when the Continental Congress proposed a national flag for the United States. Each year the president proclaims the commemoration encouraging all Americans to fly the Stars and Stripes at their homes and places of business.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History is a program of Little Rock Parks and Recreation, and was created to preserve and interpret the state's military heritage from its Territorial period to the present. The museum preserves the contributions of Arkansas men and women who have served both in peacetime and in war