In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day . It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Please make plans to join us at 1PM on Saturday, June 14th, for a ceremony led by ER David Lewis and followed by cake. Sadly, Warren Boy Scout Troop 228 will not be able to lead the ceremony this year – we sincerely hope they will be able to rejoin us next year after the pandemic settles.

This is a public, family-friendly event, open to all – bring your friends and family as we express our patriotism on this special day. Help instill in our children a sense of pride in our country. Again, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot invite the public this year. Photos will be published afterwards – but please do take a moment on Sunday to share the history of the US flag with family, friends and children.

Did you know…?

Patriotism has characterized the Elks since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag of our country is a requirement of every member.

  • 1907: the Elks Grand Lodge designated, by resolution, June 14 as Flag Day.
  • 1911: the Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge (and that requirement continues).
  • 1916: the Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression.
  • 1949: President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that thereafter June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country. It was through his Elks Lodge in Independence, Missouri, that President Truman got the idea for a national observance of Flag Day.
  • You can learn more about Flag Day here:
  • Read “About Our Flag…” a comprehensive guide of history and facts about our United Stats flag… or flip through it below:

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Not yet a member? Are you interested in making new friends, providing direct service to veterans, special children or making a difference in your community? Consider joining the Elks – come down and meet us at Watchung Hills Elks Lodge #885 – click here for our contact information and a map. Send us an email to get the ball rolling at [email protected].

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