Rapid City recognizes Flag Day
RAPID CITY S.D. – On Friday, people across the country and in Rapid City observed Flag Day.
Community members held a ceremony in downtown Rapid City recognizing Flag Day and its importance in American history. The day commemorates the adoption of the American flag in 1777.
The ceremony was organized by Mark Skogerboe, also known as The Freedom Poet in Rapid City. He said he chose to have the ceremony at the intersection of 7th street and Saint Joseph Street where the statues of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison are located because of their roles in the founding of the country.
Skogerboe also said the day lets us all remember our fundamental rights.
“Only one in a thousand know the five rights in the First Amendment, Bill of Rights,” said Skogerboe. “Our freedom of religion, speech, the press, the right to peaceably assemble, which is what we’ve just done, and the right to petition our government for a redress of grievances.”
During the ceremony, people received free flags and a copy of the constitution.