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Everywhere and Always, Under One Flag
Everywhere and Always, Under One Flag

Upon the death of President Andrew Johnson in 1875, among his final wishes was that his body be wrapped in one of the most sacred of our national symbols, the U.S. Flag.  In keeping with this deep reverence of our flag, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site will present a Flag Day Program  at 6:00 pm on the evening of Friday, June 14.The program will be conducted at the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery located at 121 Monument Ave. in Greeneville.

Visitors are invited to explore and discover more about the origins, history, and etiquette of the U.S. Flag in addition to taking part in a flag retirement ceremony.

The U.S. Flag Code states, “When a flag is worn beyond repair, it shall be retired in a dignified manner, the preferred method is by burning.” The retirement ceremony will fulfill this requirement.

Park Superintendent Lizzie Watts says “this program will serve as an excellent opportunity for visitors to witness a solemn, patriotic, and emotionally moving ceremony normally conducted within the confines of Scouting and Veterans organizations.”

The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site encourages visitors of all ages, especially Scouts and other youth organizations from the community to attend this program.

The program will be held in the committal circle within the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery.  The entrance to the cemetery is located off of Vann Road, Greeneville.  For more information, please contact the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center at (423) 638-3551.

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