LEWISTON — On Nov. 24, the Lewiston Elks Lodge held a flag retirement ceremony. In accordance with the Elks Grand Lodge ritual of proper flag etiquette, the burning of American flags, 24 flags of various sizes were burned.

Mike Aube, Elks Exalted Ruler, is seen burning the American flag that had flown at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. This flag was given to the Elks Lodge by Maine Congresswoman Olympia Snowe and her office and was proudly displayed at the Elks Lodge in Lewiston this past year.

All Elks members believe the flag of the United States of America is the emblem of the Benevolent and Protected order of Elks which is distinctively and intensely patriotic. The American flag flies majestically over our homes, our communities and over public places thereby proclaiming and signifying our pride and confidence in America.

On Dec. 1, the Elks Lodge held a memorial service to its departed members from the past year. Four members were remembered: Joseph M. Boisvert, John K. Crosby, Robert Gladu and Joseph Travaglini. During the ceremony, “Auld Lang Syne” was sung by everyone in attendance. The “Eleven Hour Toast” was recited by Mike Aube.

The Lewiston Elks Lodge is seeking new members to be involved with a variety of functions this coming year.

Function Hall discounts are available to Elk members.

For more information, contact John Wyman at 784-4801 or [email protected]

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