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A Fitting Flag Day Ceremony In Brainerd

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The Brainerd Elks Lodge #615 proudly presents the annual American Flag Day Ceremony. Join our morning show host, Bill Satre, and other Brainerd Elks for this event that take place every year on June 14th at 4 pm. Located east of the Historic Court House.

As the chair person of the Flag Day Committee, B93.3’s Bill Satre is preparing to present the Elks Flag Day Ceremony. We have included many of our area veterans and youth from Civil Air Patrol to participate in this event. A well as our local community Police and Fire personnel. We anticipate the display of the Brainerd Fire Departments giant flag to fly over the All Veterans Memorial during the ceremony unless it is in fire service at that time. 

A light rain fell as Bill Satre read the “Response” portion of the Elks Flag Day Ceremony in 2016

Many communities celebrated June 14 as Flag Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The day was not nationally recognized until 1916. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that year calling for the first nationwide observance of Flag Day.

Later, in 1949, President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day. The act also requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings.

Our Brainerd Lakes Area Civil Air Patrol  are a welcomed part of this event that pays tribute to the symbol of American pride.

Why is June 14th the day set aside to pay tribute to Old Glory? On June 14th of 1777 the Continental Congress approved the design of our nations first flag.

Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be
thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be
thirteen stars, while on a blue field, representing a new constellation.

Hundreds gathered at the All Veterans Memorial in Brainerd to honor Flag Day with the Brainerd Elks.

At the ceremony you will have the opportunity to see the many flags that have served our nation through the years as our country grew. After the event there will be a casual gathering at the Brainerd Elks Lodge on South 9th Street in down town that you are welcomed to attend.