Thursday, June 14th, Flag Day ceremony began at 9AM; Elks are proud Americans who have always been proud to display and honor the Flag of our Country. These is especially important in times like these. Showing our Patriotism as Elks is important. Salute our flag as it passes or when the Star Spangle is played. Exhibit your love of Country and share our understanding of the great sacrifices that have been made by the men and women of our Armed Forces. The Elks have always been there to support our flag and those who defend it. When we honor the flag of our country, we not only honor the principles for which it stands, but also those who sacrificed in its defense. We honor the generations who ensured our liberty with the Declaration of Independence, those who forged the Constitution, the generations who fought tyranny at home and on foreign soil and, in our own time, here and now, those who are fighting to secure freedom for those less fortunate than us. We honor the memory of heroes – of common men and women, patriots one and all. Elks have always been moved by the flag of the United States of America, which is why, in 1907, Elks members adopted a resolution designating June 14 as Flag Day. In 1911 the Grand Lodge mandated that all local Lodges observe Flag Day with appropriate ceremonies, making the Elks the first national fraternal organization to require the observance of Flag Day. Finally, on August 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman, himself a member of the Order, permanently designated June 14 as Flag Day by signing an act of Congress. But observing Flag Day isn't the only way that the Order demonstrates its deep reverence for the banner that symbolically embodies the values of the nation. The Green Valley Lodge Lodge distribute flags to worthy groups and provide training in proper flag etiquette to students at Continental School. Some Lodges even provide flags for newly sworn citizens, while other Lodges provide educational materials to help grade school students learn the Pledge of Allegiance. Each year, Elks across the country sponsor essay contests that encourage elementary and high school students to explore why the flag is important in their lives.