Information submitted by Mark Shepperd, member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Flag Day is one of the most important dates in the calendar for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In 1907, then-Grand Exalted Ruler Henry A. Melvin, in his report during the Grand Lodge convention held in our very own backyard of Philadelphia, called for the observance of Flag Day by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Members in attendance adopted his suggestion and urged all lodges to take part in ceremonies honoring our flag and its history. In doing so, the Elks became the first fraternal organization to observe Flag Day. In 1911, the Order decreed that the observance would be mandatory for all lodges to perform. We hold true to this important tradition of honoring our nation’s flag. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States of America. The Flag Day Ceremony of our Order is quite impressive. It is a great opportunity for our lodge to show everyone in our community of the great patriotism the Elks have for our great nation and its veterans, and the enormous respect we have for our country’s flag.
We have planned a free and open to the public ceremony on June 15. We invite all Elks members, veterans, scouts, local dignitaries, as well as the community to be a part of and witness the Elks Flag Day Ceremony!
Saturday, June 15 at 2:00PM
Old Swedes Church Reception Hall
740 River Rd, Swedesburg, PA
For more information, contact: Mark Shepperd (610) 247-9244 or MarkShepperd45@gmail.com