June 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM
South Plainfield Elks #2298 honored our Nation’s flag at their annual Flag Day Service on Saturday, June 14th at 7:00 pm. As Exalted Ruler Irene Polanco and her officers read the history of the Flag, Boy Scout Troop #124 assisted with displaying each flag as it evolved over the years. The flag of the United States was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, and Elks lodges around the country have been formally commemorating the event on that date each year since 1907. This year also marks the bicentennial of the National Anthem, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. Mayor Matthew Anesh, and Councilmen Derryck White and Robert Richkus were in attendance and were kind enough to address the crowd, each with their individual stories of love and respect for our iconic emblem.
The Elks honored their Geri Fantazir and Rose Napoliello Memorial Scholarship recipients, Alyssa Kelly, daughter of Tim & Karen Kelly and Cody Decker, son of Charles & Marianne Decker, Jr., both graduating from South Plainfield High School. Each will receive $1,000. Alyssa will be attending Endicott College in Beverly, MA pursuing a career in art therapy and Cody will be attending Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ pursuing a career in sports broadcasting. Chairmen and Past Exalted Rulers John and Barbara Muller made the presentations and gave brief remarks of each recipient’s attributes and accomplishments which made them worthy of this Scholarship.