Members of the Tall Pines community gathered last week for an early celebration of Flag Day.

Residents from The Commons as well as The Residence were on hand for the occasion, which was organized by MaryJo Abbott, activities director at The Commons, with assistance from the Belfast American Legion Post 43 Women’s Auxiliary.

Auxiliary members presented small flags to residents and other members of the Tall Pines community before lowering Tall Pines’ well-used flag and replacing it with a new one. Once the new flag was flying over those assembled, Madison Hemingway, a freshman at Belfast Area High School, sang "The Star Spangled Banner."  Auxiliary members then shared poems and historical information about the American flag, as well as some information about the origin of Flag Day itself.

“This means so much to our residents," Abbott said. "Having the ladies come from the Auxiliary reminds them that there are still people who remember the sacrifices they made for our freedom. For them, the flag is an important symbol of pride and honor.”

The ceremony was followed by a sing-along with several classic patriotic songs before a brief lemonade social, during which Tall Pines community members shared their American pride and their gratitude for those who have served, in the past as well as the present, under our nation’s flag.

Flag Day was June 14.