Will be held June 15th in Washington CH
The officers of Washington Elks Lodge # 129 will conduct the Flag Day Ritual at the Lodge located 277 S. Main Street on Saturday, June 15 at 3pm.
The purpose of the ritual is to celebrate the emblem of the United States of America which has a very rich history, and more than just one name. Most commonly called the "Star Spangled Banner", or "Stars and Stripes", which basically describes our flag, it also is sometimes referred to by a name given to our National Symbol by William Driver, a sea captain of the 1830’s. When a hand sown flag with twenty-four stars was presented to him on his 21st birthday for his ship, the "Charles Doggert", he simply stated "I’ll call it "Old Glory".
However you choose to address the flag of our nation is not of great importance, but how you respect and honor it is of the highest responsibility. Our Nations flag deserves to be honored and that is why our government has designated a special day of observance of the occasion. Washington Elks Lodge 129 has received permission from the Grand Lodge to conduct the mandatory ritual on Saturday to better accommodate attendance of the officers and guests.
Exalted Ruler of the Lodge, David Garringer, invites and encourages all members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, as well as the public, to attend the ceremony.