Flag Day will be celebrated on the Ashland Plaza Friday at noon by officers and members of Ashland Elks Lodge No. 944. City officials will read a Flag Day proclamation, all 12 flags that have flown over the nation's capitol will be presented and briefly explained, and a brass band will perform patriotic music, said Jim Potter, past exalted ruler of the lodge and event chairman.
In 1907, at the Grand Lodge gathering of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Dallas, Flag Day was designated by resolution to be commemorated on June 14 annually. Mandatory observance of the occasion by every lodge began in 1911 and that requirement continues for nearly 2,500 lodges nationwide. The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order's observance for its patriotic expression, but it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself an Elk, made June 14 a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.
"Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Congressional Congress," said Aaren Glover, lodge exalted ruler. "In 1916, President Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress."
Some of the flags to be presented Friday include the "Snake Flag," the "Pine Tree Flag," the "Don't Tread On Me Flag" and the 48-star "National Flag." The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.