Flags are raised every day across Brazoria County, but many residents found a special appreciation for the stars and stripes at Flag Day events in their communities on Friday.
Brazosport Noon Lions Club members, city officials and Sea Center staff all smiled up at the sky as U.S. and Texas flags were raised for the first time on a new, taller flagpole, one of several Flag Day events that celebrated those famous “broad stripes and bright stars.”
The Friday celebration at Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson featured the Brazosport Noon Lions Club presenting center members with an improved pole, a project spawned after a Scout brought it to their attention, Brazosport Noon Lions Club member Nancy Gray said.
“I had a Scout that was thinking about doing this as an Eagle project and he did something else,” she said. “I said, ‘Well, it still needs to be done.’”
The Sea Center was concerned about the height of the flagpole, Gray said.
“When they had it at half mast, the Texas flag was a little too low,” she said.
It’s a deep honor that city officials and the community came out to celebrate the new flagpole, Gray said.
“We are very proud to help in the community and do what needs to be done in the community,” she said.
The morning festivities caused him to think about the sacrifices people have made to protect the freedoms the flag stands for, Lake Jackson Mayor Bob Sipple said.
“I can never not think about what people have given so we can do this,” he said. “This is a symbol of freedom, this is a symbol of a lot of things.”
It’s a special day for the Sea Center, Facility Director David Abrego said.
“We are blessed by all the community support we have,” he said. “We have always had community support here in Lake Jackson.”
American Legion Post 306 invited residents and veterans Friday to the Carriage Inn in Lake Jackson to celebrate the holiday with singing and lessons on the importance of the holiday.
The singing of the National Anthem by members of the American Heritage Girls group kicked off the event.
Renee Music, a group leader for the faith-based character development organization, said she appreciates the opportunity for the girls to participate in Flag Day festivities because she believes it is important for them to understand why the community celebrates these holidays. She said it helps the girls better understand the importance of the flag and enables them to know when it is being disrespected.
Wayne Robertson, a Vietnam veteran, led the audience in a lesson on the origin of Flag Day, saying the holiday is always a special day for Post 306 and he looks forward to continuing the event.
Over in Angleton, the city’s chamber of commerce had festivities at Veterans Park Gazebo that included prayer, singing, food and speeches from officials including Mayor Jason Perez and Police Chief Aaron Ausmus.
Mayor Jason Perez said he enjoyed seeing Angleton and non-Angleton residents come together for the patriotic event.
“To see this, it makes you feel amazing that your community is still to a point where you can come out and talk to people, have fellowship and just enjoy the afternoon,” Perez said.
Speaking to the crowd, Pct. 2 Commissioner Ryan Cade reminded residents not to forget the significance and symbolism behind the American flag, he said.
“We have to remember that we still live in the greatest nation on Earth,” he said. “If we forget that, we forget what we are fighting for. We have to keep fighting for those ideals that made us great to begin with.”
Army veteran Bea Treviño, a former commander of American Legion Post 241 in Angleton, said she knows about fighting for those values firsthand.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this because we believe in the flag and we believe in serving our country,” she said.
Slightly choked up, she gets emotional on days such as Flag Day or Memorial Day, Treviño said.
“This is what we love,” she said. “We swore to that flag to defend it and protect it.”