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A National Symbol of Unity & Pride: Flag Day 2024

Jun 14, 2024

Harrison, New Jersey, a small town nestled in Hudson County, has a rich history deeply intertwined with America's industrial revolution. Originally part of a land grant awarded in 1668, Harrison evolved significantly over the centuries. By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it became known as the "Beehive of Industry," hosting prominent companies such as the Edison Lamp Works, Crucible Steel, Otis Elevator, Driver Harris (a Division of General Motors), and the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). These industries played crucial roles in technological advancements and provided substantial employment including for women during its peak industrial time during World War II and after.  RCA employed women primarily in its Tube production division located in Harrison NJ.

Flag Day: A National Symbol of Unity and Pride

Flag Day in the United States, observed annually on June 14, commemorates the adoption of the American flag on that day in 1777. The day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and later, in 1949, Congress established National Flag Week, designating the week of June 14 as a time for all Americans to display the flag and honor the nation’s history and values.

Celebrating Flag Day in Harrison, NJ

While there isn't a direct historical connection between Harrison, NJ, and the establishment of Flag Day, the town's community spirit and rich history align well with the values celebrated on this day. Harrison's Civic Organization’s commitment to honoring national holidays is evident in its recent events including the Memorial Day Dedication.   

Harrison, NJ, though not directly linked to the origins of Flag Day, embodies the spirit of American resilience and innovation. The town’s industrious past and ongoing community efforts to celebrate national symbols underscore its alignment with the values represented by Flag Day. As Harrison commemorates Flag Day 2024, it continues to honor its rich history while embracing the national spirit of unity and pride.

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