Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Chris Richardson views the first U.S. flag with 13 stars and stripes on it at the Flag Day ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Blackfoot on Saturday. Richardson organized the ceremony.
BLACKFOOT â€” A flag ceremony to honor the American Flag, its traditions and service took place on Flag Day, June 14, at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.
"The flag is a history, a declaration and a promise of all that makes up our country," said one Lodge member. "What it is today and what it will be in future is up to us."
In July 1908, the national Elks organization voted that all lodges affiliated with the nationwide organization must recognize Flag Day with a formal ceremony.
The flag is honored because it is emblematic of charity, love of country and countrymen, freedom, liberty, opportunity and loyalty to country.
The ceremony lasted 35 minutes. It recognized the history of the flag as the country grew and changed.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted a resolution specifying that "the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation."
Speaking on Flag Day, June 14, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson said, "We meet to celebrate Flag Day because this flag which we honour and under which we serve is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours."
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