Cullman Flag Day Celebration 2018

by | Jun 15, 2018 | Breaking News, Community, County News, Cullman, Images, People, Videos

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Cullman Flag Day Celebration 2018

Each year, Elks Lodges nationwide conduct Flag Day celebrations.

This year’s local Flag Day Celebration took place at the Cullman Elks Lodge #1609 Wednesday evening with the Exalted Ruler of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) – Dale Ball – presiding over the ceremony:

“This ritual is a long-standing and an important part of the National Elks tradition. All across the nation, Elks are proudly leading their various community observances of Flag Day.”

A full house of Cullman residents filled the Cullman Elks Lodge along with many military veterans from the Cullman VFW #2214 and the top hierarchy of the Lodge adorned in full Elks regalia.

In addition, members of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Marshall County Elks Lodge #2869 guests were in attendance.

This event was colorful, patriotic, educational plus steeped with sacred Elks ritual. It was both fun and educational for the entire family with children and grandchildren in attendance.

The primary goal of Flag Day Ceremonies is to retell the lineage of the flag throughout American History, enjoy patriotic music, and highlight local veterans who have fought for our flag throughout the years.

A presentation of colors featuring all the historic flags of the America and the United States was the core highlight of the evening.

Following opening remarks by Ball and an opening prayer and pledge of allegiance, Cullman ultra-patriot Colonel Ken Brown took command of the podium to deliver a living documentary of the flag explaining history, design, thought processes, and traditions of the various American flags as personnel from the Cullman VFW brought those colors forward:

In order of color presentation and personal appearance:

Pine Tree Flag
Smokey Ferguson
Sons of the American Revolution

Snake Flag
“Don’t Tread on Me”
Larry Howell
Sons of the American Revolution

The Continental Colors
Julian Campbell and Thurman Ryan
World War II Combat Veterans

13-Star Betsy Ross Flag (1776)
Robert Turner
Purple Heart recipient (2 times)

15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner Flag
Bill Corwash
Purple Heart recipient (2 times)

20-Star flag
Robert Stephens
Purple Heart recipient

48-Star flag
Will Harris
Green Beret

Current 50-Star Flag
Darell Brewer
Desert Storm Veteran

After the presentation of colors, Colonel Ralph Bryson provided the keynote speech.

Once the Deputy Director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Bryson’s inspiring remarks focused on – Mike Christian – a U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander from Alabama. Christian served in Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). He was in captivity for six years:

“… the stories diverge on whether it was an old handkerchief or a piece of cloth that he was able to find. But he began to make an American flag. The story I tend to believe is that he sewed it on the inside of his shirt; basically, all he had was his shirt and sandals … he took his bamboo needle that he made himself, took pieces of tile and brick dye that his fellow prisoners got for him, and he sewed the American flag on the inside of a very small piece of cloth inside his shirt.”

Guitarist and lead vocalist for the Cullman’s Round 2Greg Burks – performed several patriotic songs, including this version of ‘God Bless America’:

After the main ceremonies, the 100 or so guests were treated to light refreshments and a huge American flag styled cake.

This was truly an evening everyone was pleased and proud to participate in.

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Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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