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Leechburg Elks Hold Flag Day Event

Written By: Rosemarie Shea, BPOE, Leechburg Lodge 377, Secretary
Story Date: June 12, 2006


The Ballroom at Leechburg Elks Lodge 377, decked in red, white,
and blue , came alive recently with the sounds of marches
and patriotic tunes performed by the Kiski-Valley Community
Band. Each year, Elks Lodges all over the nation observe Flag
Day which was started by the Elks in 1907. The Leechburg Lodge
opened its program with the Kiski Valley Community Band, led
by Pat Marco. An Honor Guard made up of members of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 330 of Leechburg, the American
Legion Post 266 of Leechburg, and Boy Scout Troop 580
advanced the flag for this event. The Elks Flag Day Ritual
was performed by Exalted Ruler William
Carroll PER and the Lodge Officers. Dale Frederick PER,
accompanied by the band, presented his very stirring
rendition of “Ragged Old Flag”.A demonstration on the
correct way to fold the flag was presented by Boy Scouts
Anthony Shea III, Ryan Bing, and Tyler Arndt from Troop 580
Major Anthony G. Shea Jr. of the United States Air Force gave
the Flag Day address, honoring our flag with an account of
the loss of the USS Barton in the Battle of Guadal Canal in
World War II. One thousand seven hundred and twenty four
Americans were lost in just that one battle. His presentation
stressed that throughout the history of our country, our
flag has been carried proudly into battle and many
Americans have given their lives defending our flag and the
principles it stands for, Following the program,
refreshments were served. A slide show
produced by Rosemarie Shea honoring our flag ,and the town
and people of Leechburg shown in the Antler Lounge for those
who remained after the regular Flag Day Program. Lodge 377
thanks all who attended and participated to make this event
honoring our flag a great success.

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Submitted by,

Rosemarie Shea, Secretary

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