The Washington Elks Lodge 1559’s annual Flag Day Ceremony will take place this Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m., at Rennick Riverfront Park.
The lodge hosts the ceremony every year with the American Legion Post 218 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2661.
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777.
Each year, the Elks celebrates the day at the riverfront.
Jill Straatmann, past Elks exalted ruler who chairs the committee that plans the event, said the purpose of the service is to honor the country’s flag and celebrate the anniversary of its birth.
During the ceremony, the story of the American flag will be told, from Colonial days when America was founded, up until the current time.
Local musician Steve Leslie will perform patriotic music throughout the ceremony and the Washington Fire Department will lift a large American flag over the riverfront with a ladder truck.
Area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will help with the flag procession and American Legion members and VFW members will post the flags and provide a color guard.
Current Exalted Ruler Eric Dobelmann will emcee the event. He said every Elks Lodge holds Flag Day ceremonies throughout the country on June 10 honoring the history of the American flag.
Each year, the Elks Lodge hosts an Americanism essay contest. Winners will be presented with a plaque and prize money. Dobelmann will also present awards to winners of the lodge’s drug awareness poster contest.
The event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.