On June 14, 2011 the Green Valley Elks Lodge #2592 hosted a Flag Day Service. Hans Boensel, Lodge Veterans Chairman and American Legion #131 Post Commander organized this event. The public was invited and 50 people attended to honor our flag. Five Border Patrol Officers, SBPA Noreen Moffett, BPA Victor Vazquez, Sr. BPA David Jimarez, SBPA Steven Germann and Custom & Border Protection Officer Stan Newhart participated in hosting the new American Flag and retiring/folding the tattered American Flag from last year. Gary Kissinger, American Legion Post #131 played the trumpet and Holly Chapret, Sahuarita Senior played the snare drum to "Call to Colors".
In 1775, the Pine Tree Flag was adopted for all colonial vessels, and this was the banner carried by the Continental forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Southern colonies from 1776 to 1777 used the Snake Flag. A flag for the thirteen colonies with thirteen alternate stripes of red and white, with an azure field in the upper corner bearing the red cross of St. George and the white cross of St. Andrew. The Flag of the United States be thirteen stripes of alternating red and white; and that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation. A flag or thirteen Stars and Stripes represented the original thirteen colonies. In 1795 two additional Stars and Stripes were added to represent admission to the Union of Vermont and Kentucky. Under this banner of fifteen Stars and Stripes was fought the War of 1812. It was the sight of it flying over Fort McHenry, on September 14, 1814, that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what was to become our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” On July 4, 1818, the number of stripes should be thirteen and that the blue field should carry one star for each of the twenty states in the union. Since 1818, there has been no change in the Flag design except that twenty eight new stars were added before July 4, 1912, and this Flag of forty eight stars flew over this nation for forty seven years until just before the Vietnam War. The purpose of the Flag Day service is to honor our country’s Flag, to celebrate the anniversary of its birth, and to recall the achievements attained beneath its folds. It is quite appropriate that such a service should be held by the Order of Elks, an organization that is distinctively American, intensely patriotic and without counterpart.
Five Border Patrol Officers, SBPA Noreen Moffett, BPA Victor Vazquez, Sr. BPA David Jimarez, SBPA Steven Germann and Custom & Border Protection Officer Stan Newhart participated in hosting the new American Flag and retiring/folding the tattered American Flag from last year.