‘quit Heaving Laurels at Me for Flag Day,’ Pouts Ben Altheimer
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‘quit Heaving Laurels at Me for Flag Day,’ Pouts Ben Altheimer

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“It’s about time you stopped giving me credit for it,” Benjamin Altheimer, eighty-four, who originated the celebration of Flag Day, said yesterday when: approached for a statement in connection with the annual commemoration which falls due today.

It was Mr. Altheimer who, in 1910, first conceived the idea and at whose suggestion President Woodrow Wilson set aside June 14 as a national holiday in 1916. In 1927 he was awarded the Cross of Honor by the United States Flag Association.

The aged philanthropist will probably spend the day quietly at the Harmonie Club, as is his habit.

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