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Frostburg Elks Lodge Encourages the community to Celebrate Flag Day June 14th

June 7th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Frostburg Elks Lodge #470 encourages all residents of Allegany County to commemorate Flag Day by flying their United States Flag on Wednesday, June 14th. The local lodge will hold a Flag Day Ceremony at 6:00PM in the lodge parking lot. It will feature Patriotic music by the Frostburg Arion Band; a history of the different flags used throughout American History assisted by members of Boy Scouts and Webelos from Troop and Pack 24; Frostburg American Legion color guard and members of Frostburg City Police. The ceremony is open to the public.

The BPO Elks organization has celebrated Flag Day since 1908 when the BPO Elks Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day. National Flag Day got its start when the National Elks organization prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order's observance of Flag Day which led to a Proclamation on May 30th of 1916. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself an Elk, signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day as a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.

Observance of Flag Day is mandatory by every Elks Lodge and Allegiance to the flag of our country is a requirement of every member. Every new member receives an American Flag during their initiation ceremony.

The Elks reminds the community that when a flag has become torn and weathered, the U.S. Flag Code states, "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning". Members of the community who own a worn flag can drop them off at the Frostburg Elks Lodge so that it may be disposed of properly.