Major General Francis M. McGinn will be honored as Grand Marshall leading the 2019 Flag Day Parade and Celebration in Quincy on Saturday, June 15th. The 1.2 mile parade steps off at 7:00 p.m. at the intersection of Coddington and Hancock Streets and proceeds north on Hancock St. to Merrymount Parkway, disbanding at Pageant Field. The parade features bands, floats and specialty units.
The celebration portion of the evening will be held at Pageant Field, following the parade. The American Flag will be raised at 8:00 p.m. followed by a patriotic medley of songs and the presentation of awards to the Grand Marshall and the Richard J. Koch Youth Service Award recipient. A 30-minute fireworks display over Black’s Creek, sponsored by Quirk Auto Dealerships, will begin at 9:00 p.m.
This year’s Grand Marshall is Quincy native Major General Francis M. McGinn, the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC). He is a career Army Signal Officer with numerous assignments throughout the Massachusetts National Guard. He is also a retired Massachusetts State Police Major among other notable assignments.
Carrying on the tradition of the Koch Club, the Quincy Flag Day parade is the longest-running parade of its kind in the nation. Richard J. Koch, who started the Koch Club in 1948, founded the first flag day parade in 1952. The Richard J. Koch Youth Service Award recognizes a leader working with and impacting the lives of the youth of our City. This year’s recipient is Ray Theberge. Ray has been a dedicated and exceptional scout leader since 2001. He began as a Cub Scout Pack 42 leader for boys 7-11 years of age then a Boy Scout troop leader for Troop 42, ages 11-18. He also began the co-educational Venturing Crew 42 for ages 14-21. He is now the Chairman of the Board for Group 42 overseeing each of these groups.
“Flag Day is one of Quincy’s most celebrated traditions where our community comes together,” said Mayor Thomas P. Koch. “This year we honor Quincy native Major General McGinn who’s life of service honors our City and our country and we honor Ray Theberge for his devoted service to the youth across our City.”
Street closings at the start of the parade route will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Coddington St. and the surrounding streets. Hancock St. between Granite St. and Standish Ave. will close at approximately 6:45 p.m.
The American Flag to be raised at Pageant Field on Saturday is the 50’ x 80’ one used during last year’s Hancock Adams Common Dedication ceremonies.
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