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Somerville to hoist flag on Prospect Hill Jan. 1

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 26, 2012 08:38 AM

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The flag, with 13 red and white stripes and a Union Jack framed in the upper left corner, was raised to the top of the Prospect Hill tower on New Year's Day 2012 as the climax to the celebration of the 236th anniversary of the Raising of the Great Union Flag in Somerville.

Somerville will hold its annual "Grand Union Flag Raising" on New Year's Day, featuring a processional led by a reenactor portraying General George Washington on horseback, according to announcement from the city.

The procession will leave City Hall at 11:30 a.m. and arrive at Prospect Hill Park at 12 p.m. The celebration commemorates the raising of the the first official flag of the United States atop Prospect Hill on New Year's Day in 1776.

Members of the public are invited to participate, and are encouraged to wear traditional colonial clothing, the announcement said.


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