Bicentennial flag to be flown at Fresno State July 4

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Bicentennial flag to be flown at Fresno State July 4

Fresno State will post an historic American Revolution Bicentennial (1776-1976) flag at the Save Mart Center on July 4. The flag was once flown over the White House among other places of honor. The 4-foot by 6-foot flag was gifted to the University in 2016 for the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Bicentennial by alumnus Dr. Elvin C. Bell, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and Army National Guard brigadier general who also served 16 years in public office, including the Fresno City Council from 1965 to 1979. During his military service, he was assigned to the Pentagon and was an adviser during the Cold War to the secretary of defense and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was also a special counsel to President Ronald Reagan. Bell was presented the bicentennial flag by the late Congressman Carl Albert from Oklahoma, a friend who was speaker of the House of Representatives in the mid-1970s. It has also been flown over California’s capitol in Sacramento, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia and Fresno City Hall.