Elks Flag Day
John Wise conducted Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge’s annual Flag Day ceremony June 14 at Elks Lodge on Kimmerling Road in Gardnerville.
Shown from the left are Jake Higginbothum, cadet; Lucy Wise; Ed Fergoso, cadet; Pete Harding and Toni Braga, East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts cadet leader.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the first and only fraternal body to require formal observance of Flag Day. In July of 1908, the Grand Lodge of this Order, at Dallas, Texas, assembled and 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. President Harry Truman, himself an Elk, signed into law the proclamation that June 14 would be a day of national flag recognition.