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Superintendent Larry Villava announced that on Saturday June 14 Harry S Truman National Historic Site will observe Flag Day. The public is invited to attend a special program on the grounds of the President’s home located at 219 North Delaware in Independence, Missouri. The program entitled “What Does the Flag Mean to You?” aims to increase awareness of Flag Day and the symbolism of the American flag. The presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to last approximately 40 minutes. There is no fee is associated with this program.
On June 26, 1945 the flag was first raised at the President’s home in Independence, Missouri and would be raised every day thereafter whenever the Mr. Truman returned home from Washington. While President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14, 1916, it was not until August 3, 1949, under the 48-star flag, that Congress made this day a permanent observance. President Harry S Truman signed a Congressional Resolution that day resolving "that the 14th day of June each year is hereby designated as Flag Day.”
The mission of Harry S Truman National Historic Site is to interpret the broad life experience of President Truman encompassed in the National Park Service resources in Independence and Grandview, Missouri and to preserve those resources which tell his life story. The park seeks to educate present and future generations about Truman, his role as a citizen and his influence on history.
Harry S Truman National Historic Site offers tours of the President’s home seven days a week throughout the summer. Tours begin daily at 9:00 a.m.; the last tour of the day is at 4:45 p.m. Tour tickets are available at the visitor center at 223 N. Main Street in Independence. For further information, please call the visitor center at 816-254-9929 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/hstr.