2018 Flag Day Parade
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Join us for the 2018 Flag Day Parade we will unite to honor our men and women serving in the armed forces and our veterans. Celebrating our men and women is an opportunity where we can work together, we unite to become a stronger community - we become "One Framingham".
“It is with great pleasure that we re-establish the Flag Day parade in the City of Framingham. The Flag Day Parade is a symbol of appreciation to those that are serving our country, our veterans and their families. Because we all know freedom is not free,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer.
To make this a successful event, we need your help. If you are willing to volunteer or make a contribution, it would be greatly appreciated:
Donations: Checks can be made payable to "City of Framingham" and please put Flag Day in the memo section.
Parade Route: The Flag Day Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church (221 Concord Street), it will proceed south on concord Street then turn right onto Union Avenue at the Memorial Building and will follow Union Avenue to the Bowditch Athletic Field. Please plan ahead for travel a detour will be in place at 1:30 p.m. in preparation for the parade. Concord Street southbound traffic will be detoured at Clark Street and Union Avenue will be detoured at Maple Street.
Click here to fill out the Parade Volunteer Form.
Nick Paganella, a Korean War Veteran and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 929 Commander will serve as Veteran Grand Marshal for the Parade. Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer and City Clerk Valerie Mulvey will serve as Grand Marshals.
About Flag Day
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. “I therefore suggest and request that throughout the nation and if possible in every community the fourteenth day of June be observed as Flag Day with special patriotic exercises,” said President Woodrow Wilson.
On August 3, 1949 President Harry S. Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. President Truman’s Proclamation states:
“We celebrate Flag Day this year with a fresh sense of our strength as a nation. Solemnly, we accept the responsibilities placed upon us by our power.
We honor the men and women in the armed services and in the factories and homes who, with God's help, have given us our victories. We face the battle ahead with solemn gratitude for the triumphs of the past.
Our Flag has accompanied our fighting men on a hundred battlefields. It flies beyond the seas over the friendly lands our arms have freed, and over the hostile countries our arms have conquered. Our Flag will be planted in the heart of the empire of our last remaining enemy.
As we press forward to final victory, we are strengthened with the knowledge that for millions of people in other lands as well as in our own our Flag is a living token of human integrity and freedom.
Let us observe this Flag Day by raising our Flag and beside it the flags of the United Nations. It is especially fitting that we thus honor our Allies at a time when we are working with them to lay a firm foundation for world peace. Let this display of the flags of the United Nations symbolize our unity with our Allies both upon the battlefields of war and under the skies of peace. Let us again dedicate ourselves and our Republic, under God, to the united cause of peace and justice and the brotherhood of all men everywhere…”
Nick Paganella, Veteran Grand Marshal
Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer, Non Veteran Grand Marshal
City Clerk Valerie Mulvey, Honorary Grand Marshal