Local woman extends independence celebration to France


Marilyn Rooney hangs the French tricolour outside her front door in recognition of Bastille Day (July 14) and the French Revolution, as well as to commemorate France’s aid to the United States during the American Revolution.

Marilyn Rooney hangs the French tricolour outside her front door in recognition of Bastille Day (July 14) and the French Revolution, as well as to commemorate France’s aid to the United States during the American Revolution. Photo by Kris Wilson.

More than a week after Americans celebrate their independence on July 4, the festive flags slowly start coming down from archways, flagpoles and front porches. But one Jefferson City resident keeps the flags flying until mid-July.

Marilyn Rooney loves celebrating the Fourth of July, but her independence celebration includes another variation of red, white and blue. Whether alongside her American flag or featured prominently by itself, Rooney displays France’s national flag on her Moreland Avenue front porch every July 14.

Bastille Day, also known as the French National Day, commemorates the 1789 storming of the French fortress-prison the Bastille, an event that helped spur the French Revolution.

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