Friday, June 1, 2012

Skowhegan-Madison Elks Flag Day observance June 10

  SKOWHEGAN – The Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge will host its public Flag Day ceremony on Sunday, June 10 at 4:30 p.m. Participants will include the Farmington Emblem Club who will conduct a demonstration of proper folding of the American flag.
   Light refreshments will be served after the observance.

  The Grand Lodge of Elks designated June 14 as Flag Day in 1907 and adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every lodge starting in 1911.
   The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order's observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, who was also an Elks Lodge member, proclaimed June 14 as a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.
   The Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge is located at 21 Silver St. in Skowhegan.

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