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  • Newark Elks celebrate Flag Day

  • On June 14, Newark Elks No. 1249 celebrated our American Flag, the symbol of our great nation, as a 'beacon of hope' at the Annual Flag Day Parade. Following the hoisting of the Garrison Flag above Main Street by Newark and Lyons Fire Departments, a ceremony was held in Central Park.

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  • On June 14, Newark Elks No. 1249 celebrated our American Flag, the symbol of our great nation, as a 'beacon of hope' at the Annual Flag Day Parade. Following the hoisting of the Garrison Flag above Main Street by Newark and Lyons Fire Departments, a ceremony was held in Central Park.
     
    Elks Loyal Knight and coordinator of the event, Ann Rease, gave opening remarks and Diana Tormey, Elks Chaplain, did the Invocation. Guests listened to a special rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance by Past Exalted Ruler, Brad Whittaker. This was followed by several selections by the  First United Methodist Church Choir and the National Anthem played by the Newark High School Band.
     
    Guest speaker, Mayor Peter Blandino, pointed out that in 1908, the Elks first suggested that a special day be dedicated to the flag and went on to adopt June 14th as the date and called it  'ELKS Flag Day'. It was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating it as 'National Flag Day'.
     
    Mayor Blandino thanked Newark Elks for continuing the tradition and recognition of this special day and for carrying and displaying the Garrison Flag throughout the community. He went on to praise the brave young men and women who sacrifice for our country and  fight for Democracy.
     
    The ceremony closed with Benediction and singing of 'God Bless America' by all.
     
    For further information on activities and groups supported by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, visit www.elks.org or call 331-1249.

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