June 11, 2011
CONTACT: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
619-997-2495 or firstname.lastname@example.org
T.J. Zane, 619-840-8718
WHAT: Third Annual Rancho Peñasquitos Flag Day Celebration
“San Diego County’s Only Annual Flag Day Celebration”
Community, youth, political and military leaders gather in Rancho Peñasquitos to celebrate America’s Flag Day. This is the only formal Flag Day celebration in San Diego County in 2011.
WHEN: TOMORROW - Sunday, June 12, 2 - 2:30 p.m. (Helicopter arrival 1 p.m.)
WHERE: Hilltop Park, Rancho Peñasquitos
9711 Oviedo Way, San Diego 92129 (see map here)
WHO: Participants include:
- T.J. Zane, former Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council President, event coordinator & moderator
- Nathan Fletcher, California State Assemblymember
- Sherri Lightner, Councilmember, City of San Diego
- United States Marine Corps, MCAS Miramar
- Rancho Peñasquitos Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 11388
- Boy Scouts of America Packs 626 and 605 and Troop 648 of Rancho Peñasquitos
- Westview High School Navy Junior ROTC
- Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council and Recreation Council
- Ken Hoelscher, Pastor, Carmel Mountain Church
- Jennica Vargas, singer of the National Anthem
A highlight of the program will be the arrival, landing and interactive display of a CH-53E U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter, which will fly in and land at Hilltop Park at approximately 1 p.m. The helicopter will provide a fitting backdrop to the program. Before and after the formal ceremonies, children will be allowed to explore the inside of the helicopter, a rare privilege. The helicopter will depart at approximately 3 p.m.
The program will include the Presentation of the Colors, a community Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem plus patriotic entertainment and remarks.
The first official Flag Day was celebrated in 1877, the flag's centennial. In 1916, a grass roots movement resulted in President Woodrow Wilson issuing a proclamation that called for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14. Although still not an official holiday, Flag Day was made a permanent observance in America in 1949 by Congress who resolved "That the 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as Flag Day."