ROGERS CITY - The Masons of Rogers City are hosting a day of fun and patriotic events to celebrate Flag Day Saturday, including a parade and plane flyover.
This family event aims to celebrate the flag and the freedoms it represents, according to a release. It's also a day to remember those who served to defend them. Event Co-Chairman Dave Nadolsky said it kicks off at 11 a.m. with a kiddie parade starting at the Mariners Mall parking lot at the corner of Erie and Third streets and runs to the Liberty Torch at Lakeside Park. Each participating kid gets a free hand flag, and they're $1 for everyone else.
"I expect some of them are going to be in costumes, and we'll probably see a lot of Liberties and Yankee Doodle Dandies," he said.
They'll be joined by Mayor Tom Sobeck and other state and local politicians, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars color guard, police and fire vehicles, the Nautical Queen and her court, plus others, according to Nadolsky and an event schedule. At the Liberty Torch, the VFW color guard will conduct a flag-raising ceremony following a short speech from Sobeck and state Rep. Peter Petallia, R-Presque Isle, a group in Civil War costume will give a 21-gun salute and two aviators will fly over, one in a military training plane and another in an ultralight.
From there, there's a number of events planned for all age groups running until 6 p.m. or so, Nadolsky said
"We'd like to encourage kids and teenagers (to come), we have a lot of activities for them," he said.
These include kiddie games, a fire truck and police car display at the marina parking lot and coed three-on-three basketball and volleyball tournaments, Nadolsky said. There will be entertainment at the band shell from folk singers, and anyone with a garage band is invited to come out and play. A few rock groups are expected to perform.
Inside the park pavilion, Presque Isle County Historical Museum Curator Mark Thompson is set to display U.S. military uniforms from the Civil War to Afghanistan, according to the schedule.
Masons will be selling $10 pork loin carry-out dinners and hot dog dinners for the kids for $5, and kids from the parade will get free ice cream cones, Nadolsky said. Cones are $1 for everyone else. Businesses and individuals also can sponsor a flag to be placed along the walkway between the torch and the park gazebo, and from there to Ontario Street. Each flag is $25, and a placard with the name of the sponsor or individual to be memorialized will be on the flag pole.
Proceeds from the event will help fund renovations to the local Masonic Lodge, Nadolsky said. The building has a new roof and siding. To sponsor a flag, call Bill Hanson at 734-2141.