The 24th Annual Anaheim Flag Day Celebration takes place this Sunday, June 9 in Pearson Parr (401 N. Lemon Street).

Admission is free and the tribute to Old Glory runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Festivities include a patriotic parade and performances, a barbecue, and cake and ice cream.

This year’s parade Grand Marshal is retired US Army Command Sergeant Major Brad Semonell. Command Sergeant Major Semonell’s 26 year Army career included serving as a paratrooper and as part of the 12th Special Forces Group. He has also lived in Anaheim for over 40 years.

United States Marine Corps Marching Band from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego – sponsored by Anaheim’s Veteran Air – will highlight the parade.

The Marine Corps Band will perform a special pre-show starting at 12:30 pm. The parade kicks off at 1:00 p.m., with additional festivities taking place at Pearson Park after the parade.

The celebration will include special recognition of WWII military veterans and recognition of the “What the American Flag means to me” essay contest winner.

Free American flags will be provided to all attendees. Anaheim Boy Scouts will be on hand to accept tattered American flags for appropriate retirement.

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