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Leechburg Elks Hold Flag Day Event

Written By: Rosemarie Shea, Leechburg Elks Lodge Secretary
Story Date: June 16, 2009

Many audience members were moved to tears as the Kiski Valley Community band opened the Leechburg Elks Flag Day Program with the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday, June 14th in the Lodge Ballroom. . Each year, Elks Lodges all over the nation observe Flag Day which was started by the Elks in 1907. This years program featured the Kiski Valley Community Band, led by Pat Marco. The band played several patriotic marches and songs, to the delight of the audience, which included many veterans and their families. An Honor Guard of local veterans advanced the flag for this event. The Elks Flag Day Ritual was performed by Exalted Ruler William Carroll and the Lodge Officers. An address on the history of the Liberty Bell was presented by Walter Frederick PER and Dale Frederick PER, accompanied by the band, presented his stirring rendition of “Ragged Old Flag”. The Lodge then welcomed special guest speaker, retired US Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, Nick Kepics, who spoke about our flag and its importance, past, present and future. After the program, refreshments were served. Lodge 377 thanks all who attended and participated to make this event honoring our flag a great success.

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