Flag Day

Flag Day Ceremony 2024

“The whole inspiration of our life as a nation flows out from the waving folds of this banner.” 
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The Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States by resolution on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14th as Flag Day.

Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial

Flag Day Flag Retirement Ceremony
Flag Day is one of the most patriotic days of the year, set aside to honor the United States Flag, symbol of our country and symbol of freedom to the world.

Join us Friday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Missouri Korean War Memorial in Washington Square Park as we respectfully retire a flag in observance of Flag Day.

Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Wallingford, USAF (Retired) will deliver our keynote address.

On this day the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial hosts an annual Flag Day Flag Retirement Ceremony honoring all veterans of all eras and especially the over 900– including three Medal of Honor recipients from the State of Missouri– who gave their lives in defense of freedom.

In this sacred ceremony, one cotton cloth flag is ceremoniously and respectfully retired using proper flag etiquette in accordance with the United States Flag Code which states; “the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”

A team of veterans brings forth the flag to be retired.

As Taps is played and a rifle salute is fired the flag is ceremoniously burned according to the United States Flag Code.

The American Legion Band adds sights and sounds to the occasion.

This solemn and colorful public event takes place sharply at 10 AM at the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial on Pershing Road between Main and Grand.

The Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial was designated “the” official Korean War Memorial for the State of Missouri in Senate Bill No 656 signed by Governor Mike Parson on July 14, 2020.

Date

Friday June 14, 2024

Time

Ceremony starts at 10:00 a.m.

Location

Washington Square Park
100 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, Mo.

Free Parking at World War I National Museum West lot (off Kessler) Shuttle to/from the park.

Lt Col Wayne Wallingford, USAF (Ret)

Wayne Wallingford is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who served on active duty for 25 years, including five tours in Vietnam, flying over 300 combat missions, and six tours in Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He has been awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 21 Air Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal for Heroism, the Aerial Achievement Medal, and many other honors that reflect his outstanding service to this great nation.

Lieutenant Colonel Wallingford, USAF (Ret) is also an honored Missouri Veterans Hall of Fame 2023 Induc

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Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial
P.O. Box 481691
Kansas City, Missouri 64148

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