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      Celebrating the Stars and Stripes

      Friday, June 14 marks a special day in our nation's history ... Flag Day.

      Flag Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official US flag in 1777.

      Several areas in the Tri-States are celebrating the special day in their own special way.

      KHQA's Meghan Townley paid a visit to Bickford Senior Living Center of Quincy, which is having its very own Flag Day celebration.

      This celebration centers around celebrating veterans and active service members ... to thank them for their service in our military.

      All service members were welcomed with free food and a special flag presentation.

      Bickford isn't the only organization hosting a celebration.

      The Elks Lodge in Macomb hosted a celebration Friday for the public. This service is an annual event that has been hosted since 1911.

      Macomb Mayor Mike Inman was at the event to provide the opening remarks.

      Members of a local boy scout troop were also on hand to present antique flags to the public.

      Flag Day has been celebrated on this day for 64 years, since 1949.

      Today is also the 238th birthday of the United States Army.

      Here's a fun fact ... how much does the largest American flag weigh? Three thousand pounds and it requires its own motor home for travel!

      On Facebook, we asked you what the flag means to you. Join the conversation on our page here .