Jun 18 2010
Sunday June 13th was Flag Day and it was a fantastic opportunity to salute Old Glory aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. All Elk members and their guests were welcomed aboard for a private service to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
Under a sunny sky a hundred gathered as a representative from the Honolulu Mayor’s Office read a proclamation to celebrate June 13th as Flag Day. All five Hawaii State Elks Lodges were represented – Hilo Lodge 759, Honolulu Lodge 616, Kailua Lodge 2230, Kona Lodge 2616, and the Pearl City Lodge 2669.
Admiral Greg Thomas, Commander of the Pearl Harbor U.S. Naval Shipyard and Rear Admiral Stephen Mehling, U.S. Coast Guard District Fourteen Hawaii were in attendance along with Pearl Harbor Survivors Mr. Herb Wetherwax and Mr. Al Rodrigues.
Members of the Kailua and Pearl City Boy Scouts did an elaborate presentation of flags. Members of the Ladies of Aloha from the Pearl City Elks performed a lovely hula and Ms. Kerri M. Nakatsu was recognized by the Elks National Foundation with a $4,000 2010 Most Valuable Student Scholarship.
To close the patriotic day, the Navy Brass Quintet performed as a soloist Mr. Elmer Kapuaala from the Honolulu Elks Lodge sang the Star Spangled Banner. It was a great day of community and remembering all the amazing troops in all the U.S. Armed Forces. For a look at all the photos I took that day – (CLICK THIS PHOTO LINK) – and then select the slide show. Enjoy!Print