This year marks the 236th Flag Day Commemoration. In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks has celebrated the holiday since the early days of the organization and allegiance to the flag is a requirement of every member. In 1907, the BPOE Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day. The BPOE Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day. The Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues today.

The Summit Elks Lodge # 1246 has announced a Flag Day Poster Contest for High School Students from Summit, New Providence and Chatham. The format and submission rules for the Flag Day Poster Contest require one page, PDF, letter size (8.5”x11”) file. Poster submissions should be emailed to  Entries must be submitted by June 5, 2013 by 5:00 PM.  All submissions must be original and created by the student themselves. The poster submission file must also include the Student’s Name, School, Grade, Email Address and Phone.

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Prizes for the contest are 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place:  $300 and 3rd Place: $200 Poster winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded on Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Flag Day Celebration on the Village Green in Summit. Posters submitted to the contest may be published in the Elks Magazine and used for future Flag Day promotional pieces.

This year, the Summit Elks Lodge # 1246 joined forces with the City of Summit and the Summit Department of Community Programs to produce a fabulous Flag Day Ceremony on Summit’s beautiful Village Green. The event starts at 7:00 PM. The Ceremony, Flag Parade and Awards Presentation will occur on the Green closest to the intersection of Broad and Maple Streets, across from the Summit Train Station. Scheduled performances by the Summit High School Brass Ensemble, The Continuo Arts Foundation’s Civic Chorale, The Summit Police and Fire Department honor Guard, the Boy Scout Venture Crew 1246 and presentations by the Officers, Trustees & Members of the Summit Elks Lodge # 1246.

“This year’s event will be extraordinary”, explained Robert Peacock, the Summit Elks Flag Day Event Chairman. “With the cooperation of several City agencies and the wonderful music provided by the Continuo Arts Foundation’s Civic Chorale, it will be an event that area families will enjoy!” There will be music, a parade of flags, special readings and the ceremonial burning of retired flags. “The Summit Elks are extremely grateful for the Summit Fourth of July and Celebration Committee's sponsorship of the event.” “Patriotic events such as these have always been important, but never more important than right now.”

In the event of rain, the Flag Day Ceremony will move to the Elks Lodge located at 40 Maple Street in Summit. For more information on this event, go to or

Posters are due by June 5, 2013 by 5:00 PM. High School Students are urged to get their entries in as soon as possible. Families, friends and residents of the region are urged to attend this patriotic event. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to really enjoy the event. Other inquiries should be directed to