SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 Exalted Ruler, Ray Horvath presided over the Elks time honored tradition of celebrating Flag Day. The celebration included a history of the American Flag ceremony which was carried out by members of Boy Scout Troop #124. The presentation included unfurled flags from the different stages/eras of the Stars and Stripes.

South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh and members of the South Plainfield Borough Council were on hand to take part in the Flag celebration. “The first improvement we made when moving in our house was to erect a flag pole,” said Mayor Anesh. Anesh discussed the importance of patriotism and the flying of the American Flag and said “one of the things that hit me today, and each time I travel down Maple Avenue, is the American Flags hanging on the street poles, and I’d like to see that expanded to other areas of South Plainfield.”

Elisa Meranchik received the Gery Fantazir and Rose Napoliello Scholarship Award. “The Elks has always been a part of my life,” said Meranchik. “I’ll always remember volunteering to help the veterans and seeing how our help put a smile on their faces, and also on mine.”

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South Plainfield resident Mike Pellegrino was on hand to receive his Citizen of the Year Award. “This is just a great honor,” said Pellegrino. “I can’t thank the Elks enough, and I am just speechless in receiving this award.”

The Boy Scouts from Troop # 124 that participated in the flag ceremony were:

Christopher Lee
Tanner Price
Hunter Higgins
Dion Pender
Devon Pender
Jared Campos
Colin Campos
Adam Casaliggi
Sean Ramos

After the Flag presentation the  boy scouts burnt the old flags in a ceremony outside the ELKs Lodge.