Kinderhook Elks Lodge presented their annual Flag Day ceremony to the public on June 12th. Elks have been performing this ceremony since 1911, years before the date on which the observance became a nation-wide practice by legal decree.
The history of the flags was narrated by member James Yager and the flags were presented by Lodge Secretary Jerry Shook. The formal response was delivered by member Gary Strevell. A CBS 6 news camera man was on hand to record the proceedings.
Essay contest winner Sydney Dohr, from Chatham Middle School, was on hand to read her winning essay. Afterwards, she was presented with a certificate and a check by the Americanism Committee Chairman, John Deane.
US Congressman Chris Gibson gave the oration, in which he reminded us that, in spite of all the negative news in the media, America is still the greatest place to live. If you were lucky enough to be born here, you won the lottery.
The event was presided over by Exalted Ruler Steve Race, PDD.
Photo, L to R: Hudson District VP, Chris Akers PER; Leading Knight, John Piddock; Exalted Ruler, Steve Race PDD;
Lodge Esquire, John Deane; US Congressman, Chris Gibson; Lodge Secretary, Jerry Shook, PSP;
Essay Contest Winner, Sydney Dohr; Loyal Knight, John Colgan, and Lecturing Knight, Chris Bellingham.