Sat, July 20

Jerome Elks Lodge to hold Flag Day Ceremony

The Jerome Elks Lodge #1361 in Clarkdale will hold its annual Flag Day Ceremony at the lodge at 100 S. Broadway beginning at 11 a.m. June 16. Russ Case of the lodge said the event will take about one hour.

Case said he isn't certain how long the Elks have held ceremonies on Flag Day, but he said it is a requirement of the Elks organization that each lodge hold a ceremony.

"We present each of the United States' flags one at a time," Case said. "We present the flag and give a little history of that flag."

The Cottonwood Community Band will perform during the ceremony.

Case said all of the lodge's officers will be involved, but it is mainly the ladies of the lodge who will carry the flags during the ceremony.

"The Elks Lodge hopes people from the public will attend," Case said.

The ceremony is free, and food and refreshments will be available.

Case said the flag ceremony is very important to him personally.

"I was a Marine back in 1969," he said. "It's my favorite event of the year. This one means so much."

The Jerome Elks Lodge was formed in Jerome in 1919.

That lodge was eventually destroyed by fire, and the lodge held meetings above the theater in Clarkdale until the new lodge was built at its current site in the 1950s.

"We are one of few lodges in the state that ended up with a plus in the membership," he said.

The Jerome Elks Lodge started last year with 199 members and ended the year with 209.

-Philip Wright