Members of Boy Scout Troop 1027 at a Flag Day celebration at the Elks Lodge #844 on Monday, June 14.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 1027 at a Flag Day celebration at the Elks Lodge #844 on Monday, June 14.
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WINSTED — Elks Lodge #844 and members of Boy Scouts Troop 1027 celebrated Flag Day in a ceremony on Monday, June 14.
The ceremony was held 244 years after the official adaptation of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.
President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation making June 14 as Flag Day on August 3, 1949, which was eventually established by an act of Congress.
However, Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, but it is an official state holiday in Pennsylvania.
“The Elks Lodge is the only major fraternal organization that has it in our bylaws that we recognize Flag Day and celebrate it,” lodge member and past Exalted Ruler Tim Angell said. “That is due to how involved the Elks have been through the years in respect for the flag and flag remembrance. We believe very strongly in what the flag stands for.”
During the ceremony, Boy Scouts brought out several antique flags as Angell spoke about the history of American flags.
“The flag represents all of our freedom,” Leading Knight Charlotte Stowe said. “It represents everything that has given us our liberty and our rights.”
Note: Editor Shaw Israel Izikson is a member of the Elks Lodge #844.

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