Elks to observe Flag Day

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NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck Lodge of Elks 967 will be holding its annual Flag Day observance June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at 758 Rubber Ave.

The observance will include a performance by the Naugatuck Community Band, and officers from the Lodge will conduct the Elks Flag Day ritual.

The Naugatuck Community Band will perform a mini concert of patriotic songs.The Elks lodge Officers will conduct the Elks Flag Day ritual.

Patriotism has characterized the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the American is a requirement of every member.

In 1907, the BPO Elks Grand Lodge designated 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 today.

The Elks prompted former President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression.

But it wasn’t until 1949 when former President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, proclaimed June 14 a day of national observance for the American flag.

The public is invited to attend the Flag Day observance.