- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo school students will celebrate Flag Day at the gravesite of the former teacher who started the tradition in 1891.

More than 400 students from three schools will march in a parade into Forest Lawn Cemetery Tuesday to where Sarah Hinson is buried. The former Buffalo teacher and principal taught children to salute the flag and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance to instill respect for the nation’s flag.

She chose June 14th as Flag Day because that’s the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress accepted the flag’s design.

While at the cemetery, the students also will help the Buffalo Fire Department ceremoniously retire more than 300 old flags by burning them.

The event starts at 10 a.m.


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