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Elks hope for strong attendance at Flag Day

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BEMIDJI — Members of the Bemidji Elks Lodge 1052 are hoping for a strong turnout today for their annual Flag Day ceremony at noon at Ralph Gracie Park.

Flag Day is a national observance with close ties to the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, said Bill Batchelder, exalted ruler of Bemidji Elks Lodge 1052. It was the Elks who initially designated June 14 as Flag Day and lobbied President Woodrow Wilson to establish it as a national day of honor in 1916.

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