Flag Day ceremony Friday in Snellville

SNELLVILLE -- One local city will celebrate Flag Day on Friday.

Snellville will hold its second annual ceremony at 2 p.m. in front of City Hall on Oak Road.

"I began the Flag Day Program for the city of Snellville last year as a way for the City to honor the foremost symbol of our country, our flag," Councilman Mike Sabbagh said. "I am excited to see how the program has grown this year. It is my dream to see that this celebration continues to grow into an annual citywide program with all of Snellville's veterans and active military men and women participating."

This year's program will involve veterans from World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan, including local residents Sgt. Robert Ricks and Pfc. Marion Nesmith who both were awarded the 3 Oak Leaf Clusters French Region of Honor during World War II. The Sons of the American Revolution Elijah Clark Militia will provide a musket salute, and the Snellville Police Department Color Guard will raise a flag that has been flown over our the U.S. Capitol.

On Aug. 3, 1949, Congress designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" to commemorate the adoption and history of the U.S. Flag.