PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle Elks will host a Flag Day ceremony at Mantle Lake Park in Presque Isle at 6 p.m. on Flag Day, Sunday, June 14.
Reuben Caron, exalted ruler of the Presque Isle Elks Lodge 1954, stated, “The Elks Flag Day ceremony is filled with pageantry, patriotic music and presentations of various flags of historical significance. We will recount the history leading to the adoption of our current American flag.”
Caron explained that Flag Day commemorates the adoption of a national flag for the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. It is also the birthday of the United States Army.
“It is especially fitting that a Flag Day ceremony in Presque Isle should be hosted by the Presque Isle Elks, since the Elks are known as the premier charitable and patriotic service organization,” he said. “The Presque Isle Elks have been recognized by the Presque Isle city council as the most patriotic organization in our community.”
Flag Day was first celebrated in Texas upon the petition of Elks Lodges in that state, where Flag Day was first known as Elks Flag Day. Flag Day has since been celebrated by Elks Lodges in every state for over 100 years.
Following the ceremony, the Elks will host a barbecue with free hot dogs, potato chips and drinks for all those in attendance. This event is open to the public and entirely free.