Albuquerque, NM –It waves in the breeze over countless government buildings, schools, ballparks and private homes; a symbol of the everyday freedoms we enjoy. Every June 14, by Act of Congress, we honor "Old Glory" for what it means to us as a nation.
Today at noon, ABQ RIDE will continue this yearly tradition of honoring the U.S. Flag with a special ceremony at the Alvarado Transportation Center at First and Central SW. ABQ RIDE employees who also served in the military will be honored with the presentation of a commemorative coin from the City of Albuquerque.
"We are very proud of our employees who devoted a portion of their lives so that our country might remain free," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "It’s only fitting that on this special day, we not only honor the symbol of that freedom, but also employees who contributed to it."
The ceremony will begin with patriotic music from the Albuquerque Concert Band, an all-volunteer ensemble that has been performing band music in the area for over forty years. The Kirtland Air Force Base Honor Guard will present the colors, as vocalist Kim Kent sings the National Anthem. The City of Albuquerque’s Veterans Affairs Office will then present special, commemorative coins to ABQ RIDE employees who served in the military. The Albuquerque Concert Band will then play more music until 1:30 p.m.
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. It has been regularly celebrated since 1885, when a Waubeka, Wisconsin public school began an annual observance on June 14. In fact, "Old Glory" is so tied in to the psyche of our nation that our National Anthem is actually a poem about the flag, or how it survived a British shelling of Ft. McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812.
"This ceremony helps give extra meaning to the flag we fly every day at the Alvarado Transportation Center," said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. "And points out the sacrifice some of our ABQ RIDE employees made to help keep our country safe."