On Saturday June 12th the Sapulpa Elks Lodge #1118 will honor and celebrate the national observance for the symbol of our country – Flag Day. This will be 10 a.m. at Martha’s Corner.
On June 14, 1777, Congress made the following resolution: “The flag of the United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white on a blue field…”. Our first flag was designed specifically to honor the original 13 colonies by the representation of the 13 stars and 13 stripes. As additional states were added to the union the original 13 stripes remain in honor of the original colonies and additional stars were added to the field of blue to represent the newest members of the union. Our current flag has 13 stripes and 50 stars.
The Continental Congress left no record as to why it chose the Red, White, & Blue colors of our flag, however, in 1782 in describing the choice of colors for the Great Seal of the United States the Congress of the Articles of Confederation stated:
White – for purity and innocence
Red – for valor and hardiness
Blue – for vigilance, perseverance, and justice
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America since the early days of the organization has maintained as one of its primary principles – patriotism. Allegiance to the flag of our country is a requirement of every member. In 1907, the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks designated, by resolution, June 14th as Flag Day and adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911. The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day for it patriotic expression. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that thereafter June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our county.
The Sapulpa Elks will honor this cherished duty with the help of the JROTC this Saturday. Please join us at 10 a.m. for a brief ceremony honoring the emblem of the United States. Ice cream and Apple Pie will be served.