COURTESY PHOTO / EVELYN CRESSE
Pictured are (front row), left to right, Dolly Coffey, Lady Elk and BPOE Inner Guard; Sally Kinsey, Lady Elk and BPOE Chaplain; Peg Murray, Lady Elk and BPOE Lecturing Knight, and Lady Elk Charlotte Mathew. (Right row): Carolyn Papparlardo, Lady President; Marge Holbrook, Lady Elk and BPOE Leading Knight; Joan Ashenbrenner Lady Elk secretary; and Lady Elk Carol Spear.
The Lady Elks of Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 presented the history of our nation’s flags and honored our independence at an inspirational program Sunday at the lodge.
“Every year the Elks’ ritual for the this occasion is an inspiring ceremony, but it is designed to be informative as well as motivating,” said Lady Elks spokesman Evelyn Cresse. “The Flag Day ceremony not only provides a colorful ceremony but is designed informative and inspirational.”
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson and members of the Elks issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14. In 1949 President Harry Truman and members of the Elks issued a proclamation establishing a National Flag Day on June 14 and every year after.
“Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the red, white and blue in front of homes and businesses, Cresse said. “We Americans sing, pledge and pay respect to our flag, ‘Old Glory,’ as a symbol of country’s democracy and independence. Saluting the flag is our way to celebrate and honor the United States of America.”