Lufkin and Angelina County residents are invited to two Flag Day celebrations on Friday.

For the first time, the Angelina County Farmers Market will hold a Community Flag Day celebration starting at 11 a.m. at the market.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1836 of Lufkin asked Tommy and Lynn Marie Bryan to host this year’s event at the Farmers Market, Lynn Bryan said. They will be retiring any old, worn or tattered flags from the community in an appropriate fashion to commemorate Flag Day.

“We were so proud and honored that they asked us to do this,” she said. “You’re supposed to burn them and actually, you’re not supposed to, but you’re supposed to take it to a veteran or VFW to let them dispose of it. They decided this year, instead of doing it at the VFW — what an honor to have an event like this held at the Farmers Market.”

A large hole will be dug on the grounds where the flags will be respectfully retired. The veterans will cover the hole following the fire.

Later in the day, the annual City of Lufkin Flag Day Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Lufkin City Hall.

“We invite the community to come out and join Americans across the nation as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance promptly at 6 p.m.,” said Taylor Commiato, the director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Flag Day is a wonderful way of bringing together the community in celebration of our country’s heritage and history, and it allows us to honor our nation’s flag, which represents our freedoms.”

Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown will emcee the event, the Rev. Earl Whitaker will do the invocation and sing “Statue of Liberty,” the Marine Corps League will display the 13 folds of the flag and Ricky Gay will play Taps.

Drinks and snacks are being provided by the American Legion Auxiliary.

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