Patriotism has characterized the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks of the United States of America since the early
days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag of our country
is a requirement of every member.
In 1907, the B.P.O. Elks Grand Lodge designated by resolution
June 14 as Flag Day. The Grand Lodge of the Order adopted
mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and
that requirement continues.
The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the
Order's observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression. But
it was not until 1949 when 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
The Hanover Elks Lodge #763 will celebrate Flag Day on
Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 3:00 pm at the Lodge. The public
is welcome and encouraged to attend this ceremony.