I love traditions. Every year when I was a kid, my Mom and I would go to the same parades and sit in the same spot. Now, for Troy residents, one of those traditions is ending.

After 50 years, the Troy Flag Day parade will be coming to an end, according to the Times Union. Flag Day is the celebration of the adoption of the flag on June 14th, 1777. It also happens to be the same day as the United States Army's birthday. Though it doesn't tend to get the same attention as Fourth of July or Memorial Day, our flag is still important and should be celebrated.

Organizers are blaming dwindling crowds and rising costs for the reason for the cancellation. It started as a rebuttal to anti-war protests during the time of the Vietnam War but has now grown to one of the largest Flag Day parades in the nation.

Instead of the parade, there will be a permanent flagpole and monument near the end of the parade will be erected, the councils are meeting on it now.

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