Hail New Year With Patriotism

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: Dec. 31, 1906

Hail New Year With Patriotism

Local D.A.R. Chapter Will Raise the Stars and Stripes January 1st.

In commoration (sic) of the unfurling of the first American flag, which waved over the then unhistoric Prospect Hill, Cambridge, for the first time in the year 1776, the local chapter of the society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will raise the stars and stripes on the new flag staff, recently presented to the school children of the city, on Tuesday morning.

“Hurl defiance to the enemy,” said General George Washington one hundred and thirty years tomorrow morning, as the thirteen stripes selected by him, “in honor of the thirteen United Colonies” were tossed to the winter winds. In the field was then the united crosses of Saint Andrew and Saint George, later replaced by the thirteen stars, by order of congress in 1777.

January 1st is the first day of the year to be observed by the patriotic society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the others being February 22., Washington’s Birthday; April 30th, Inauguration of the first president; June 14th, (1777) Flag Day, this day congress ordered the flag as it is today; July 3rd (1775) Washington took command of the army; July 4th, Independence Day; September 3d (1783) Ratification of peace with Great Britain; October 11th (1891) Founding of the society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; October 17, (1783) Washington took farewell of his officers at Frances Tavern, New York. This tavern is now being restored and brick from the same kiln in Holland has been brought to make the walls the same as the original.


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