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Events > 2017 Events > Flag Day

Flag Day Ceremony

Elks Present the Meaning of Flag Day

By Mike Klinger

Photos by Heather Dueitt

The Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. A schoolteacher, B. Cigrand, arranged for the students in a Wisconsin Public School, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. Inspired by three decades celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916, then President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. The Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks #2444 followed the tradition of honoring our flag with a Flag Day Ceremony last Saturday and BBQ to follow.

Exalted Ruler, Mike Long, started off the program leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation by Chaplain Lane Keran, then Master of Ceremonies, Past Exalted Ruler Jim Humphrey introduced Past Exalted Ruler, Norm Jones, who read the History of Flag Day and the Elks Tradition. Americanism Chairman, Jim Humphrey, reinforced the meaning of, “Our Flag – Respect and Defend Her”, with his speech outlining various views of the public and how we cherish our nations’ symbol. Leading Knight, Mike Klinger explained to the guests the meaning of each 13 folds of a flag, a process performed when a flag is lowered or handed to a widow at the burial of a veteran. As Klinger read the 13-fold procedure, Purple Heart recipient and Veterans Chairman, Dennis Lumley, 4-Year Trustee Dave Tucker and Treasurer Bill Bongartz demonstrated each fold with precision; with the finished flag resembling a cocked-hat like what the soldiers of President George Washington’s wore.

The brief program ended with singing God Bless America, Benediction by Chaplain Lane Keran and ER Mike Long thanking everyone for attending this year’s Flag Day Ceremony, and please join us for our BBQ on the patio of hamburgers and hot dogs.