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Local Flag Day Parade Might Not Happen

Flag Day is on June 14, and the annual Troy Flag Day Parade is a local tradition.

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The parade is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start on June 8, but this year, it’s questionable if there’s going to be a parade. It seems there may not be enough money to have a parade.

In a story from the Troy Record, fundraising for the 47th annual Flag Day Parade is slower than it has been in past years. Members of the Troy Flag Day Committee have noted that they’re about $6,000 short of what they need. Many of the organizations, including some veterans’ posts that used to contribute, have either folded into one umbrella organization or are closing.

The Troy Flag Day Parade is considered the largest tribute and celebration of the American flag, not only in the Albany area, but in the nation. Many of the Troy businesses have contributed in hopes of not cancelling this year’s parade, including the Park Pub Restaurant And Catering.

You can also help out and have some fun by bowling. Uncle Sam Lanes on Sixth Avenue in Troy will be holding the first Flag Day Parade Bowlathon. If you’d like to register to bowl and for more information, call 518-271-7800, although walk-ins will also be welcome.

The Troy Record newspaper is also sponsoring a Flag Day Fund Drive, where you can drop off a donation at their office on Broadway and Fifth Avenue or mail it to the committee. That address is Post Office Box 56, Troy, New York 12180. Make those checks payable to the Troy Flag Day Committee.

You might call this our own little way to show some pride for our flag.

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