Front Royal Elks Lodge hosting annual Flag Day ceremony
Members of the Front Royal Elks Lodge 2382 will recognize Flag Day at 6 p.m. Thursday with a ceremony at the town gazebo on Main Street.
Dennis Henline, exalted ruler, said this is the second year the Front Royal Elks Lodge has hosted the public event, which is co-sponsored by the Town of Front Royal.
“We decided we wanted to make this a more public presentation,” Henline said. “It gives those in attendance an opportunity to pay homage to our American flag and to celebrate our heritage as a country.”
During the ceremony, the Elks will pay tribute to nine American flags dating back to the American Revolution to present day. Flags will include the Gadsden with its “Don’t Tread On Me” message and the POW-MIA bearing a white disk surrounding the bust of a man in black silhouette, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire.
Members of the Young Marines will parade the flags during each presentation.
“The ceremony will be a combination of the history of each flag along with a narrative of what it represented during that particular era,” Henline said. “Each flag tells a story of why and how our country was established.”
The keynote speaker for Thursday’s event will be town Mayor Hollis Tharpe.
Henline said he hopes those in attendance will leave with a sense of pride in their nation’s flag and what it symbolizes and stands for, along with an understanding of the freedoms service men and women had to render.
Guests are invited to the Elks Lodge, 4088 Guard Hill Road, Front Royal, after the ceremony for refreshments and a tour.
“As an American organization, we’re required to celebrate our country’s flag by our headquarters,” Henline said. “We represent the country and what it stands for. It’s our duty and honor to share our history with the local community.”
If You Go
When: 6 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Main Street gazebo, Front Royal .