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June 4, 2013 > Retirement for a flag, fanfare and fire

Retirement for a flag, fanfare and fire

Submitted By Joan White

This year, Flag Day falls on Friday, June 14. Elks Lodge 2121 will host an elaborate ceremony after Friday night dinner. A special honor guard will be presenting the colors with a three volley salute. Jim Westfall and team will be performing their "Heroes of '76" presentation. And the Boy Scouts will perform the ceremony of flag retirement, with bagpipes and bugles in background.

According to the U.S. Code, when a United States flag is no longer a "fitting emblem," it should be retired "in a dignified way, preferably by burning." Scouts will follow the specific protocol to honor the flag's distinguished service.

Flag Day was inspired by the Elks. Patriotism has characterized the Elks since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag of our country is a requirement of every member. In 1907, the BPO Elks Grand Lodge designated June 14 as Flag Day. The Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues.

The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order's observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that thereafter June 14 would be a day of national observance.

Elks Lodge 2121
38991 Farwell Drive, Fremont CA
(510)797-2121 ext. 2

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