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May 26th General Meeting

At the May 26th General Meeting, guest speaker Eldonna Lay from the El Cajon Historical Society gave a wonderful presentation on El Cajon and the Knox (Hotel) House.  In this image, Eldonna is displaying one of her history books written for third-grade children.  Many thanks to her for taking the time to delight us with her knowledge of El Cajon's past.

Flag Day June 14th:
The History

  The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. B. J. Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as "Flag Birthday."  In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as "Flag Birthday", or "Flag Day."
  On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Educa

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