Flag Day Ceremony & Flag Retirement by Scouts
Tuesday June 14
Christian County Elks held our annual Flag Day event with a full house in the Shelton Banquet Hall. Many veterans from around our community attended along with members, family, and guests. The evening started with a delicious lasagna dinner flowed by Exalted Ruler, Jeff Holt PDDGER, welcoming everyone and introduced JAZZ! who sang the Star-Spangled Banner. PDDGER Kevin Wolfe explained the history of our flag as scouts walked in and presented eight versions of the American flag displayed through the years. Veterans Chairman, Denny Peterson, then read a Response to the flag presentation and Americanism Chairman, Steve Buttress, gave an enlightening patriotic address that encompassed a few of his own experiences as a veteran. Four lady group, JAZZ!, then filled the room with Armed Forces Medleys and ER Holt then thanked everyone for attending this special annual event honoring OUR flag.
As the Flag Day ceremony ended, Flag Retirement was commencing outside the Lodge at our fire ring. Scouts then gently dismantled a worn-torn American Flag, thirteen stripes individually set into the fire followed by the field of blue with fifty stars. Each action having a distinct meaning announced by Scoutmaster Jeff Highley.