Wave the Flag!

Our patriots celebrated American independence with tradition and fun.

The American flag is raised daily at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Red, white and blue can be seen snapping in the breeze on a windy morning or as an accent to a clear blue afternoon sky. The stars and stripes are a vibrant reminder of the American Revolution and the Republic for which the flag now stands.

In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence. Independence Day, July 4th, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day began in the 18th century.

Our residents, family and staff enjoyed an active holiday weekend beginning with a pre-Independence Day parade throughout campus on June 30. Marchers played patriotic songs and strutted past flag waving onlookers. Afterwards, the Bellini Sisters, a USO style singing trio, presented songs from the 30s and 40s and Fourth of July favorites in the Sara Belle November Theater. The day culminated with a cultural film, Independence Day: The History of the 4th of July. Host Harry Smith revealed the reasons behind the ways we celebrate on the 4th of July.

On July 2, The American President was shown in the Commons. Michael Douglas and Annette Bening shared the screen in a comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. A sumptuous Independence Day buffet capped the multi-day celebration, with residents feasting on holiday favorites. Fellowship, gratitude and love of country were the themes throughout the July 4th festivities.

The importance of both a healthy mind and body is what makes us a leader in senior living. If you would like to learn more about Westminster Canterbury Richmond cultural events, please contact Brandon Lowe at 804.264.6066 or blowe@wcrichmond.org.

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