The Douglas Elks held their traditional Flag Day ceremony on Friday, June 14 at the lodge on 10th Street.
The ceremony, which is an annual tradition of all Elks Lodges around the state, featured scouts from Troop and Pack 430 and various speakers from the Elks.
Richard Ross presided over the ceremony. He said the purpose of this service was to honor and pay respect to the American flag as well as to our great country.
Ross gave a history of the flag and with the help of the Boy Scouts, explained how the U.S. Flag came to look the way it did today.
Ross then assisted in the retirement of several U.S. service worn flags that were turned over to the Elks for proper disposal.
“The flag reminds us of the obligation we have to protect the American way of life,” he said.
Ross said to be an Elk is to be an American citizen who lives for his country and is ready to die for it.