On June 14, 2016, the Lodge held a Flag Day Ceremony. It included a reading of the history of our great flag during a Parade of Flags. (See all the photos from the Ceremony in the Photo Gallery.) I have included the full text of the reading of the History.
The United States Flag- It’s History
Heraldry is as old as the human race. The carrying of banner has been a custom among all peoples in all ages.. These banners usually contain some concept of the life or government of those who fashioned them.
The evolution of the American Flag marks the progression of the government of the American people.
From the founding of Jamestown in 1607, until 1775, the Flag of England was the flag of the peoples of America.
In 1775, the Pine Tree Flag was adopted for all colonial vessels and this was the banner carried by the Continental forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
The southern colonies used the Snake Flag from 1776 – 1777.
In the later part of 1775 the Continental Congress appointed a committee to consider the question of a single flag for the thirteen colonies. That committee recommended a design on thirteen alternate stripes of red and white, with an azure filed in the upper corner bearing the red cross of St George and the white cross of St Andrew. John Paul Jones, the senior Lt of the flagship “Alfred”, hoisted this flag to the masthead on December 3, 1775, and one month later it was raised over the headquarters of general George Washington at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in “compliment” as he wrote, “to the United Colonies”.
This flag, called the “Continental Colors” and the “Grand Union”, was never carried in the filed by the Continental land forces, but was used by the Navy as it’s exclusive ensign, and was the first American Flag to received a salute of honor, a salute of eleven gins from the Fort of Orange in the Dutch West Indies.
In the response to a general demand for a banner more representative of our country, the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, provided- “That the Flag of the United States be thirteen stripes of alternating red and white, and that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue filed, representing a new constellation.”
It is generally believed that in May or June of 1776, a committee consisting of George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia Quakeress, to make a flag from a rough design they left with her. It is said that she suggested that the stars should have five points rather than six.
This starry banner was first flown at Fort Stanwix, called fort Schuyler at that time, near the City of Rome, New York, on August 3, 1777, and was under attack three days later at the battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777 during a British and Indian attack.
The first official salute to the Star and Stripes was given on February 14, 1778 by France on the French coast, when the “Ranger”, under the command of John Paul Jones, was saluted by the French Fleet.
This flag, then carried by the “Ranger”, was made by the young women of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from strips of their best colored silk dresses and the white wedding gown of a receint bride.
It is said that this same “Ranger’s” flag was flown by Jone’s ship, the “Bon Homme Richard” in it’s thrilling fight by moonlight upon the high seas, with the British frigate “Serapis”. When the Serapis struck her colors, the immortal fame of John Paul Jones was insured as the intepid defender of the youthful republic.
The original thirteen Stars ans Stripes represented the original thirteen colonies. In 1795, 2 additional stars and stripes were added to represent the admission to the Union of Vermont and Kentucky. Under this banner was fought the War of 1812. It was the sight of it flying over Fort McHenry, on September 14, 1814, that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what later became our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
Miss Margaret Young, who cut the stars for that banner, was the mother of Henry Sanderson, the Grand Exalted Ruler of the Order of Elks in 1884.
The Congress, on April 14, 1818, adopted a resolution that on and after July 4, 1818, the number of stripes should be thirteen and that the blue filed should carry one star for each of the 20 states in the union and that a new star should be added for each state thereafter admitted.
Since 1818, there have been no changes in the flag design except the twenty eight new stars were added before July 4, 1912 and this flag of 48 stars flew over this nation for forty seven years until just before the Vietnam War.
On July 4, 1959 a star was added for Alaska, our first non-connected state and a year later, Hawaii, our islad state added a 50th star. Our present flag, has 50 stars and thirteen stripes.
June 2- Over 30 additional photos have been added to the Brotherhood Ride Fundraiser photo gallery. Check them out.
On April 23, 2016, the Lodge held a fundraiser for the Brotherhood Ride. The Fundraiser was a resounding success, raising $7545.52 for the families of the fallen.
The Brotherhood Ride consists of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel. Each year they honor an unsung hero or heroes from around the country by riding bicycles from Florida to their hometown. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support to the families of the fallen. Their ride takes place near the anniversary of their death, as a reminder that the Brotherhood has not and will never forget them.
Joan Haynes (mother of Andy Haynes) handmade a special quilt for the occasion. The quilt was auctioned and raised $4100.00 There was also an auction of 16 cakes that raised even more money. The top item was a cake that went for $350.
Founder of the Brotherhood, PER Jeffrey Morse announced that Lakeland Lodge#1291 is now the official home of the Brotherhood Ride. They will be returning to the Lodge on July 24th on their official ride. The Lodge will provide dinner and lodging and feed them breakfast in the morning and send them on their journey.
(View additional photos in our photo gallery.)
Event Chair, Sandy Fuchetti and the quilt maker, Joan Haynes.
Blind Draw Now on Thursdays
Due to the low turnout for Blind Draw Darts on the past Monday nights. We decided to move the tournaments to Thursday nights. Check in will be 6:30 and game will start at 7:00 pm. Based on additional feedback I will strive to start the games timely.
I am working to improve communication and revive Blind Draw to ensure it is a well-organized, reliable, social event.
Starting 5/12/2016 Check-in: 6:30 Game start: 7:00
ATTN: The 2016/2017 Budgets for the Lounge and Kitchen are posted at the Lodge on the Bulletin Boards near the restrooms. Please review as they are going to be brought to vote at the Regular Lodge Meeting May 3, 2015.
Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291
4529 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33813
Monday: Noon – 8pm
Tuesday: 4pm – 10pm
Wednesday: 4pm – 10pm
Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday: 4pm – Midnight
Saturday: 2:30pm – 10pm
Sunday: Noon – 8pm
Our meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm, except Feb when meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.
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