We all gathered this past Sunday to have a wonderful day honoring our Flag to commemorate National Flag Day. The day began with our Scouts helping us to retire last year’s flag. It was a dignified and poignant ceremony in which each stripe was cut off and burned separately, in honor of one of the original 13 colonies. After each stripe was burned on the fire, the blue and white union was laid over the fire and the flag was retired.
Then we moved inside, to the Lodge Room, where our Exalted Ruler opened the ceremony that told the history of the US Flag and honored it in its present form. Volunteer musicians and vocalists treated us to patriotic songs. The Boy Scouts did a great job carrying in and mounting all the historic flags. We presented our Lodge Scholarship winners and then retired to the Mahagony Room for light snacks. Everyone had a wonderful time. The Elks Flag Day ceremony is truly not to be missed.
Special thanks to Loyal Knight, Chris Dos Remedios, for his tireless work setting up flags all morning. More thanks go to Gary Randall who kindly lent items from his personal flag collection, making the entire day possible.
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