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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:00 am

On Friday at 7 p.m., the Lodi Masonic Lodge will be hosting our fourth annual Flag Day celebration for the community at Lodi’s All-Veterans Plaza, which is located on Pine Street next to Carnegie Forum in Downtown Lodi.

The National Sojourners Heroes of ‘76, a concordant body of the Masons, will present “Building the American Flag,” which is an educational piece explaining the origins and various configurations of our flag throughout our nation’s history. “Old Glory Speaks,” which is an inspirational tribute given from the flag’s perspective, will then be presented. The Lodi Community Band will perform a set of patriotic music following the presentation by the Heroes of ‘76.

The Lodi Lodge No. 256 Free and Accepted Masons of California was originally chartered in 1879. The Lodi Masonic Lodge has been located at 321 W. Pine St. since 1936.

National Sojourners has an unequaled military Masonic history. The Heroes of ‘76 is an affiliate, auxiliary organization of National Sojourners. It is composed of National Sojourners who have, in recognition of exemplary service to National Sojourners, Freemasonry or our national government, received this inspiring patriotic degree.

I would like to invite the entire community to join us for an inspirational and entertaining evening honoring the flag of our great nation. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and join us for a wonderful evening.

Shawn McCarty

Lodi

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1 comment:

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 3:37 pm on Wed, Jun 12, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2350

    Thank you Shawn McCarty for bringing to our attention the existence of Flag Day. I would assert that the vast majority of Americans wouldn't know that June 14th has been set aside to honor Old Glory for many years - 128 to be exact.

    I always relate watermelon with Flag Day because where I was raised that was the only time we were served that delicious Summer-time fruit for dessert. Of course there are other dates in June that carry certain memories for me, but none more significant than the day we recognize the meaning of our flag.

    So please take the time and effort to appropriately display the Stars and Stripes on Friday, June 14th and if you have the time, go on over to the All-Veterans Plaza for an evening of music and respect. As a former member of the Lodi Community Band, I do believe you'll be well entertained by these volunteer musicians as they will more than likely play Sousa marches and other patriotic pieces sure to get your hearts beating in time with pride.

     

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