MIDWEST CITY — Elks Lodge 1890 invites the public to a free Flag Day celebration on Sunday.
The lodge is Midwest City’s chapter of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a national organization dedicated to strengthening America’s communities through supporting youth development and honoring veterans.
In 1907, a group of Elks designated June 14 as national Flag Day and two years later made observance of the holiday mandatory for Elks across the nation.
The tradition continues today, Elks Lodge 1890 Chairman Jerome Montgomery said.
Meanwhile, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day, and on Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
At 2 p.m. Sunday at the lodge at 8635 SE 15 St., Elks and visitors will honor the U.S. flag with a ceremony and flag-folding demonstration presented by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.
The Sooner Sensations singing group and members of the OK City Chorus will provide patriotic music.
After the service, lodge members will provide a free picnic lunch.
Special guests will include state Sen. Cliff Aldridge, state Rep. Scott Inman and former state Sen. Randy Brogden. Officers from the Oklahoma Elks Association also will be present.