Lisbon plans Founder’s Day pancake

Many people may not know it, but Lisbon has its own flag.

LISBON — Lisbon’s 11th annual Founder’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the Methodist Church.

The breakfast will run from 8-11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12 and free for those 5 and under.

The Founder’s Day event will celebrate the birthday of Lisbon, which is Feb. 16, 1803. This year’s event will celebrate the Lisbon flag with two flags of Lisbon being presented later at village hall. Proceeds from the breakfast will go toward paying for the flags, which were a part of a similar anniversary celebration more than 100 years ago.

According to The Ohio Patriot — a newspaper from Sept. 12, 1913 and provided by Stevie Halverstadt — Lisbon celebrated Lisbon’s Old Home Week with the adoption of a new flag. Held as a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the founding of the town, it reportedly was an event attended by hundreds. Several local dignitaries spoke at the event about the history of the village.

During the ceremony, the Lisbon Business Association presented the flag during the two-day celebration.

Halverstadt notes Lisbon’s flag was initially the same as the town’s namesake in Portugal. However, in 1913 both Lisbon, Portugal, and Lisbon, Ohio, updated their flags. Halverstadt said the new colors of the flag were blue and white. However, the Lisbon, Ohio, blue was modified to a royal blue from navy blue. According to Halverstadt this was done “so they didn’t show political party partiality.”

Although the connection is not known for certain, Halverstadt questions whether the Lisbon High School school colors are also royal blue and white because of the flag. Lisbon’s David Anderson High School was founded in 1916.

In the The Ohio Patriot article, attorney Lodge Riddle presented the flag on behalf of the Lisbon Business Association. The flag was reportedly designed to stand for loyalty and pride, but those in attendance were careful to add that the new flag does not in anyway detract for their love of the American flag.

Later this year, the Lisbon flag again will be presented at village hall, where it again will be hung below the American flag. Halverstadt said the American flag stands for fidelity and the Lisbon flag for pride.

As a part of this year’s Founder’s Day celebration, students from the McKinley Elementary will be making decorations of Lisbon flag art. Prizes and ribbons will be given to first, second and third places

Also similar to the Old Home Week, local dignitaries will be present. County commissioners have agreed to help flip the pancakes.



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