GRAND UNION FLAG RAISING KICKS OFF AT 11:30am ON JANUARY 1ST
237th Flag Raising Commemorated Atop Prospect Hill by City Officials, Residents, and “George Washington” on Horseback.
The afternoon's program will include songs, readings, and participants from the Ancient and Honorable Company (first chartered in 1638), as well as the Charlestown militia. This year's celebrations will once again include His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot, who will be representing the British Army and will be bringing a message from King George III. The American Legion Post 19 Honor Guard will lead a military salute as a commemorative flag is raised atop the Prospect Hill Tower.
Light refreshments will be served, and miniature replicas of the Grand Union Flag, both as a flag and a lapel pin, as well as colonial-era tricorner hats and historic Somerville books commemorating the event will be available for purchase.
For more information, or to receive a free, commemorative program, contact Brandon Wilson, Executive Director at the Historic Preservation Commission at 617-625-6600 ext. 2532 or Bwilson@somervillema.gov.