Whether you plan on celebrating quietly or at the event, this is to celebrate the birth of our first patriot, George Washington.  This event dates back to the 1920's. Here's the official press release:

"WHAT:   Washington State Patriotic Day and the Pacific Northwest Military Massing of the Colors Ceremony, Celebrating the birth of our first patriot, George Washington
The annual Massing of the Colors is a patriotic ceremony honoring those who have served in the United States of America and honoring the youth of today who carry on the tradition of patriotism.
The event will include a procession of flags from organizations around the region, as well as guest speakers to share the history of the Massing of the Colors.
The world-class I Corps Army Band, which creates bonds between the United States Army and the Pacific Northwest Community, will be playing their inspiring selection of music celebrating George Washington, our first patriot in the long line of those who have served our country well.
Military persons and their families, as well as the community at large throughout the Pacific Northwest, are invited to attend this event.
Massing of the Colors began in 1919 by military officers who served in WWI.  In 1923, the Military Order of the World War assumed responsibility for the Massing of the Colors nationwide and still has that responsibility across the country.
WHEN:        Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1400 hours (2:00pm)
WHERE:     Stadium High School Gymnasium, 111 North E Street in Tacoma, WA 98403
COST:           Attendance is free to the public"


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