Monday, June 14th is Flag Day

Monday, June 14th is Flag Day

Your Elks Lodge asks you to display your American flag on June 14th for Flag Day.  Flag Day is a celebration of the American flag that occurs each year on the anniversary of the flag’s official adoption on June 14, 1777.

June 14 was officially established as Flag Day by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.  Flag Day was not a national observance until 1949—President Harry Truman, himself an Elks member, was inspired through his Lodge in Independence Missouri, to sign an act of Congress that dedicated June 14 to the symbol of our country.  The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the only fraternal organization to require a formal observance of Flag Day.

The lodge will conduct its annual Flag Day Service on Monday, at 6:30pm.  The ceremony will take place in front of the Lodge located at 3080 Highway 8, Moscow, Idaho.  This is an open ceremony and all local residents are invited to attend.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has made more than $12 billion in donations since it first started 153 years ago.  Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $300 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live. The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America.  Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4.5 million.  The Elks Community Investment Program will award nearly $15 million towards enriching our communities.  The Elks National Foundation also granted $10 million to the state Elks associations through State Charities Grants, Special Project Grants and Bonus Grants, which help fund each state’s charitable activities.

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