Salisbury Elks to mark Flag Day at Sunday event

Published 3:42 pm Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SALISBURY — Salisbury’s Elks Lodge will have Flag Day services Sunday at 2 p.m. under the shelter at the Elks Lodge river park.

Boy Scout Troop 422 will also participate.

Flag Day is celebrated each June 14 as specified by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. It honors the creation of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. Flag Day was not formally recognized until President Harry Truman, himself an Elk, signed a 1949 resolution declaring Flag Day an official national holiday.

The Continental Congress adopted the design of the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1777, resolving: “The flag of the United States shall be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the Union be thirteen 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 mandate that on June 14 of every year, each lodge must conduct a solemn Flag Day ceremony. It is open to the public.

Elks Exalted Ruler Lillie Marks encourages area residents to attend the ceremony and display the flag on Flag Day.

For more information, contact 704-636-1161 or email