The Hamden Elks Lodge #2224, serving North Haven and Hamden, recently conducted their annual Flag Day Ceremony. The Flag Day Ceremony was held in the Lodge upper hall. The event included Officers of Hamden Lodge. Local Girl Scout Troops 60228, 60122 and Boy Scout Troop 610, presented the history of our nation’s flag with replicas of each historical flag; then, demonstrated the flag folding ceremony. The history of our nation’s military endeavors in defense of liberty was recited. Hamden Town Clerk Vera Morrison addressed the audience as guest speaker. Elks Lodges across the nation and its territories are mandated to celebrate Flag Day, which was initiated by the National Elks. For more information, to support or become involved in the Hamden Elks — an organization dedicated to patriotism, service to our hospitalized veterans, as well as youth scholarship, sports and drug prevention programs — contact Andy Caporossi at 203 819-6961.
Elks History of Flag Day derived from the elks.org website
It is fitting that the B.P.O.E, dedicated to patriotic service, promotes proper knowledge of and respect for the American Flag. An Elks Flag Day Service was first recommended by our Order’s Grand Exalted Ruler in 1907. June 14th, the anniversary of the birth of the American flag, was designated as “Elks Flag Day.” The ceremonial ritual was adopted the following year. In 1911, Grand Lodge made the observance of Flag Day mandatory for Subordinate Lodges. On August 3rd, 1949 President Harry S. Truman, also an Elk, signed the Flag Day bill into law designating June 14th as Flag Day. Our order was not only the first fraternal organization to celebrate Flag Day, but had made the ceremony mandatory many years before Flag Day became a national observance.