Flag retirement ceremony set for June 9

May 31, 2018

The Harrison Moose Lodge generally flies three flags in front of its building: The Stars and Stripes, the State Flag of Michigan, and a black flag to honor all POWs. Currently, only two are present and they are showing signs of wear, which is, according to Lodge Administrator Jim Sage, “unacceptable.” On Saturday, June 9 at 10:30, the existing flags will be retired and new flags hoisted, including the missing state flag. The ceremony will be conducted by American Legion Post 404 of Harrison, Michigan. The public is invited.

“We fly those flags in front to show our members’ support for our country, our state and our missing servicemen. For those reasons it’s important the flags look their best to passing motorists and to our members, many of whom are veterans,” Sage said.

He added that while the activity takes only a few minutes, it’s impressive, and that’s why he encourages everyone to come out. “I really hope families bring their children and watch the veterans of the American Legion perform the ceremony. I really feel it will instill a greater appreciation of what the flags represent.”

Afterward, everyone is invited to watch or participate in the “Blessing of the Bikes” that takes place at 11 a.m. at the Lodge. This annual event is conducted by the Harrison Moose Motorcycle Riders and is open to everyone with a motorcycle, 4-wheeler or bicycle.

The Harrison Moose Lodge is part of Moose International, an international organization of men and women dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing communities closer together, and celebrating life. Learn more at lodge2235.moosepages.org/

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