Bulletin Staff Report

Flag Day is being observed in Brown County with a handful of events today, including the formal retirement of worn and tattered flags by three military veterans’ organizations and a birthday party for the U.S. Army.

The event, open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. at Camp Bowie Memorial Park across from Brownwood Regional Medical Center. The public is invited. Sponsors of the retirement ceremony are the American Legion, the Pecan Valley Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Meanwhile, members of the Brownwood Rotary Club will be placing flags in front of businesses who have signed up for that program as well as other locations, such as the Traffic T.

The local Army recruiting Office will serve cake at a 2:30 p.m. event at Lemons’ Bar-B-Que marking the 232nd birthday of that military branch of service. Special recognition will also be given a group of May graduates from Brownwood High School who have enlisted.

Staff Sgt. Jason Isbell, whose office is in Heartland Mall in Early, said the U.S. Army was formed by order of the 2nd Continental Congress on June 14, 1775. It was on that same day, according to a proclamation of the observance by President Bush, that the Continental Congress established the Stars and Stripes as the symbol of the union.