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Flag Day ceremony will be held Saturday in Ogdensburg

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The Ogdensburg Elks Lodge will salute the nation and its heroes at a Flag Day ceremony Saturday.

The ceremony begins with a history of the nation’s flag at 11 a.m. in the city’s Greenbelt.

The public is invited to attend.

“We encourage other people to come out and fly their own flags,” Elks member George E. Kotz said.

Flag Day was established by Congress in 1949 to celebrate the adoption of the national flag on June 14, 1777.

Mr. Kotz, an Elks member for the last 37 years, said the flag ceremony has been held in Ogdensburg for over 50 years.

“The Elks were one of the first to petition the United States to hold a Flag Day ceremony,” Mr. Kotz said.

The ceremony used to be much bigger and included a parade, Elks member Brian S. Dezell said, but a lack of citizen participation has shortend the event over the years.

But no matter how many people show up, the Elks will continue to pay tribute to the flag.

“We have to stand behind our nation and support its security and freedom and help others in need,” Mr. Dezell said.

As one of the three tenets of the Elks, members must designate a day to honor the flag.

“It’s the symbol of our nation and that’s what the general purpose of the holiday is — to show support and devotion to our nation and what the flag means to us,” Mr. Dezell said.

Ultimately, Elks members say that the flag is a way to honor men and women who have died in service to country.

“We the flag represents all the good men and women who died for it. We should honor it and show our respect,” Mr. Kotz said.

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