Elks honor tradition with Flag Day ceremony

Photo by Andrea Justice/Arizona Silver Belt Globe Fire Department displays their flag.

On June 8, 2019, the Pinal Mountain Elks Lodge #2809 honored America with their annual Flag Day ceremony.  These services commemorating the birth of the American Flag have been performed for as long as Exalted Ruler Danny Sanchez and Chaplin Pete Gardea can remember. “We’ve always had a Flag Day ceremony,” said Gardea. “And I’ve been a member for 39 years.” Gardea said that performing this ritual is a point of pride for him and his fellow members. “It’s nice to have this reminder of why we salute the flag and to be able to reflect on its meaning.”

With the help of Boy Scout Troop #101, the Elks proceeded with the posting of colors. Eight scouts accompanied by a younger scout walked in a version of the American Flag detailing the flags evolution and the progression of the American government.

For full article see Arizona Silver Belt June 12 edition.

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