Local Flag Day Celebrations

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WSIL -- Americans around the country are celebrating Flag Day this Saturday. There were also a couple of local ceremonies honoring the holiday.

In Murphysboro, nearly 100 people gathered at the General John A. Logan Museum. The Flag Day service began with a fire department escort of a flag, symbolizing all those who have retired from the military. Afterward, the Murphyboro Elks Lodge demonstrated what each fold of the flag represents. 
 
There was also live music and special guest speakers. This is the 237th year for the time-honored tradition in the United States, and the 9th year that Murphysboro has held the community-wide celebration.
 
Organizers says the holiday is a reminder of the freedoms we have.
 
"The flag represents the freedom for us to stand here and have this conversation, to have had this service," says organizer barbara Dallas."
 
In Marion, the state's Elks Grand Lodge observed Flag day Saturday morning with a celebration at the VA center. Elks members from all over Illinois were in attendance, along with the new state of Illinois Elks President Coy Cochran from Benton.
    
Different versions of the American flag were on display, and Cochran told the audience the history of our flag. This is the first time in Elks history that the Flag Day event has been held south of Springfield. 
     
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