Flag Day, retirement ceremony is Saturday

Every year, the Dunkirk Elks Lodge celebrates Flag Day with a small ceremony held at the historical Dunkirk Lighthouse. The tradition continues this year with one exception: the ceremony will be held on Saturday — the day after the national observance day.

The American flag is the one symbol which most, if not all Americans respect. The flag symbolizes the original thirteen colonies, the United States, and the freedom of all Americans. It also serves as a reminder of those who fought for our freedom. The flag is so respected, there is a list of rules which are to be followed while displaying the flag, taking it down and addressing various other things.

A flag which is tattered,torn,or not in perfect condition is not to be displayed. To display such a flag is showing a lack of respect. Flags are never discarded in normal trash. Flags which need to be retired should be given a special ceremony and burned.

At 12:30 p.m. at the Dunkirk Lighthouse, the Dunkirk Elks will celebrate the American flag and properly retire any flags brought to the ceremony for this purpose. The community is encouraged to attend this brief and very powerful ceremony. Please bring any flags which need a proper retirement. Feel free to bring a chair if you will need to sit down.

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