Flag Day inspires community to celebrate Old Glory

  • Community Flag Day Picnic

  • When: 6 p.m. Friday

    Where: Fossati Park, 5102 N. Vine St., Victoria

    Cost: Free

  • Did you know?

  • National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress in August 1949.

When Col. Michael Petrash was a child, his grandfather took him to a Ganado cemetery to place flags on the graves of soldiers.

That action, he said, ingrained a seed in his heart to not only respect those who fought for his country but also to honor the American flag.

The Victoria County Republican Party will host a picnic Friday to continue that inspiration across the community for Flag Day.

"It's for the entire community to come out and step away from life and celebrate the flag," event coordinator Jaime Linke said.

The free event will include classic outdoor games, a bounce house, hot dogs, ice cream, music and historical insight from community members, Linke said.

Friday also marks the 238th anniversary of the U.S. Army.

Petrash will commemorate that milestone by speaking at the event about the ceremony and traditions.

Republican County Chairman Michael Cloud said Petrash is the perfect person to speak at the picnic because of his involvement with Warrior's Weekend and the Field of Honor.

"He understands what it means to honor the flag," Cloud said.

A retired veteran, Petrash said he is honored to speak at the event and teach children about the flag.

"It's a long history of honor and integrity," he said. "We want to start kids at a young age to feel that honor and respect."

Guests will learn about flag etiquette, such as how to hang and fold a flag.

"To me, the flag is the most beautiful sight in Victoria," Petrash said. "That flag represents all that's wonderful about this nation."