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Flag Day centennial set

The community is gearing up to celebrate the 100th year of Flag Day celebrations at the Wauconda Community Hall on Saturday.

The day’s events kick-off at 11 a.m. with the rising of the U.S. flag, followed by a noon potluck luncheon at the hall, 29 Toroda Creek Road.

The Spokane Accordion Ensemble will perform a concert featuring Americana music from 1:30-4 p.m.

The evening will conclude with an old-fashioned dance from 4-6p.m.

The Lorz/Laurie families will also host a family reunion on site.

Ted Laurie, a descendant of Wauconda’s founding pioneers, said he’s attended the celebration several times and recalls fondly on the early beginnings.

According to an article in the book, Trails and Tales, Laurie’s aunt, Agnes Lorz-Laurie, claims she was at a ball game in British Columbia and three men were headed to war. People were asked to lower their flag 6-inches to honor them.

“It inspired us to have the first Flag Day Celebration,” writes Agnes Laurie, in 1914.

Originally, the Flag Day celebrations were hosted in an open field and at a local rodeo. Around 1917, a rain storm swept through the town’s Flag Day celebration and organizers decided to build the community hall, so the weather would not be a problem again.

“They’ve done a remarkable job the last few years,” Laurie said. “I think it’s really neat that they stay with the tradition.”

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