Calvert Elks Lodge 2620, Prince Frederick, held their annual Flag Day Ceremony on the Calvert Courthouse Green on Flag Day, June 14th, at 12 noon. R Calvert Steuart, Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 2620 welcomed everyone. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard presented colors, followed by the singing of our National Anthem by Brooke Steuart. In attendance were Del Mark Fisher, Commissioner Steve Weems and Register of Wills, Margaret Phipps.
Rev Robert Conway, Retired Methodist Minister, gave a prayer for the United States. Presentation of the flags followed with Cub Scout Pack 262 and Boy Scout Troop 347. They presented nine United States Flags, with a narrative of the history on each of them, R Calvert Steuart. The flags presented were the Pine Tree Flag 1775, the Snake Flag 1776, the Grand Union Flag 1776, the 13 Stars and Stripes Flag, 1777, the 15 Stars and Stripes Flag 1795, the Stars and Stripes Flag 1818, the 48 Stars and Stripes Flag 1912, the 50 Stars and Stripes Flag 1960 and the POW-MIA Flag honoring the armed services.
Why the colors of red, white and blue for the flag? Red stands for hardiness, white for purity and innocence and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. Response to the presentation of the flags was done by Delegate Mark Fisher, member of the Maryland House of Delegates and a member of the Elks Lodge 2620.
The closing of the program was done by R Calvert Steuart, Chairman Lodge 2620 Flag Day. As the ceremony ended, he extended an invitation to lunch under the trees on the courthouse grounds.
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Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon