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Elks’ Flag Day ceremony commemorates history of Stars and Stripes


June 20, 2017

STANLEY GRAY stands at attention as the final American flag, the current American flag is posted during the Elks’ Flag Day ritual.

The Sweet Home Elks Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard held a ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, commemorating the birth of the American flag.

The Elks are unique as the only fraternal organization required to conduct a ceremony in recognition of Flag Day, said Exalted Ruler Charly Bashaw.

“The purpose of this service is to honor our country’s flag, to cele-brate the anniversary of its birth and to recall the achievements attained beneath its folds.”

The Elks and veterans placed historic flags in stands and explained the story behind each of them as part of the scripted...

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