By JEAN CARTER
Citizen staff writer
In July of 1908, the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, at a meeting held in Dallas, Tx., declared June 14 would be set aside each year to honor the American flag, making it mandatory that each lodge nation wide observe “Flag Day.”
The BPOE has, “linked it’s destiny with the destiny of this country and made this flag it’s symbol of self-dedication to God, to country, and to fellow men.”
On Friday the Preston Elks Lodge held its annual ceremony, displaying the flags that have been flown since 1775 and commemorating the birth of the American Flag. In 1775, the Pine Tree Flag was adopted for all colony vessels and was carried by the Continental forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
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