Flag Day 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015 marked Flag Day in the United States. The Norwich Elks Lodge 1222 celebrated the day in East Park in downtown Norwich on Sunday. The Patriot Guard Riders were in attendance. Jeff Cola of the Elks Lodge said, “On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the following resolution: ‘Resolved, That the Flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.’ The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the first and only fraternal organization to require formal observance of Flag Day. In July of 1908, the Grand Lodge, assembled in Dallas, Texas, provided for the annual nationwide observance of Flag Day on the 14th of June in each year, by making it mandatory upon each Subordinate Lodge of the Order. June 14 was officially established as Flag Day by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson, issued May 30, 1916.”

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