But I sense something different this year.
More flags seemed to be on display Memorial Day weekend and many of them have stayed up. I see flags decorating homes, hung out by mailboxes and even adorning cars. I know in Geneva I see lots of flags on Main Street, at the Rural Heritage Center, and in surrounding neighborhoods.
Even in Walmart I noticed a huge display of red, white and blue merchandise. “Notice” probably isn't the right word; you really can't help but be swept up when you see it. It's a full-fledged shop filled with tons of clothing, accessories, outdoor patio decorative items, picnic and barbecue supplies, towels and even beach wear.
Politics and our country's stand on issues come up in conversation often as the primary and preprimary elections unfold across the country. People are focused on the run-up toward the mid-terms election. No matter the political persuasion, the public is paying more attention to candidates. Not just their party and ads but their track record, positions, actions and history. New candidates are bravely stepping out – some without political experience but with conviction of issues and character.
As Flag Day (June 14) approaches, what better time to familiarize ourselves with our flag's history. From the Betsy Ross Flag of 13 stars to the current 50-star flag, it continues to be America's most enduring symbol. Flag Day began in 1885 in Wisconsin and the idea spread from state to state until it became official as an Act of Congress in 1949.
Geneva is, of course, promoting the fantastic annual 4th of July Parade and Festival, which is just around the corner on July 3. Sponsors and community support is necessary and welcomed. For details, call Richard Creedon at 407-349-1266. This event attracts thousands of folks because it is the only daytime parade in Orlando complete with horses, tractors, fire engines, county leaders, a fantastic marching band, bike brigade and floats. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. The festival begins between 11 and 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m.
Karen Phillips writes about the Geneva community. She can be reached at 407-221-7002 or email@example.com.