Ceremony honors nation’s flag

Ceremony honors nation’s flagEvery year the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge celebrates Flag Day with a special ceremony, followed by local Boy Scouts holding a flag retirement ceremony to properly dispose of worn-out flags.

The guest speaker this year was Naval Air Weapons Station Chaplain, Lt. Derrick Horne, who spoke eloquently on our flag and a much-needed renewal of our commitment to the Red, White and Blue. Honor was paid to all military in uniform and the veterans who served our country. All military participants were given Elks Certificates of Appreciation.

Local active-duty military from China Lake proudly carried each flag, marking the evolution of our country, including our first Flag of Stars and Stripes provided by Congress on June 14, 1777.

The evolution of the American Flag marks the progression of the government of the American people, starting with the flag of England, which was the flag of our ancestors in America from the year 1607 to 1775, to our present flag with 50 stars, dating from 1959 when Alaska and Hawaii became states.

Story First Published: 2013-06-19