SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Elks invites the community to honor those who have served our nation at a Flag Day Ceremony.  The annual event will take place on June 14 at noon on the boardwalk adjacent to the lodge.

John Middleton, Secretary of the Sparta Elks said, “The ceremony itself highlights our Flag's History. In our ceremony we do eight flags, from the Pine Tree Flag of 1775 all the way thru our current 50 star flag.  This past year Art Murch and I modified the ceremony slightly and included a performance of a flag folding.  This will include an explanation of the meaning of each fold within the military.”

Middleton continued, “This a free ceremony.  It is tentatively scheduled to be held on the Boardwalk outside our lodge.”

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He explained the ceremony would be moved indoors to the lodge if the weather was unfavorable or if the Lake Mohawk Country Club had a wedding scheduled for that time.

The ceremony typically lasts about an hour.

Another Elks tradition will return on the following Wednesday, June 17 when the Sparta Elks summer barbecues begin again.  The dinners will be served every first and third Wednesday at the lodge on the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk from 5 until 8 p.m.  They will offer hamburgers, hotdogs, salads, nightly special, coffee and dessert for $9 per person.