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Leechburg Elk's Flag Day Program Open to the Public

Written By: Rosemarie Shea, Lodge Secretary
Story Date: May 22, 2006

Leechburg Elks Lodge 377 will hold their annual Flag Day Celebration on Sunday
June 11, 2006 starting at 7 PM in the Lodge Ballroom. A program honoring our Flag will be presented by the Lodge with music by the Alle-Kiski Community Band, keynote speaker, Major Anthony Shea Jr., and much more. Following the Program, refreshments will be served. This program is FREE and open to the public. Please plan to attend and bring your family and friends. Show your support for our Flag, our Troops,and our Country
Patriotism has characterized the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of
the United States of America since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag of our country is a requirement of every member.In 1907, the BPO Elks Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day. The Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues. The Elks prompted 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, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that thereafter June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country. Every Elk finds deep significance in Flag Day, a day to acknowledge our great love of country, our commitment to the well-being of fellow citizens, and our respect for the values and ideals that our national banner symbolizes. The BPOE's patriotic observances on Flag Day will celebrate the continuing and vital importance of Old Glory and what it means to us all.
To learn more about the Leechburg Elks, visit our new website at; http://home.earthlink.net/~rshea/

Submitted by Rosemarie Shea, Lodge Secretary
Leechburg Elks Lodge 377
228 Market Street
Leechburg, PA 15656
Phone 724 842-8071 after 4 PM
daytime 724 295-4816


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