Americanism: What it means to us
|The ambition and goal of Americanism is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to stimulate an awareness - a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward patriotism - so that we as Members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will become constant reminders to the people of our Nation that America truly means freedom and that Elks Care Elks Share.|
Flag Day Ceremonies
|Each year on Flag Day (June), officers and members from the local lodges celebrate the freedom our flag represents. Often, there are local Flag Day ceremonies held in the community in which Elks members sponsor and/or participate. Contact your local lodge for dates, times and events.|
Americanism Essay Contest
|Each year the Elks sponsor an essay contest on topics relating to Americanism. This year's topic was "Why I Am Proud To Pledge Allegiance To Our Flag"|
2012 Winning Essays
|This year's winning essay from Division I (5th/6th graders) is from sixth grader Laura W. of Brainerd Lodge #615.|
|Every morning, we recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Most of us don't really pay attention to what those 31 words we know by heart mean, but they mean more than most
most other words we use during the school day. Those 31 words signify what it means to be an American, and I'm proud to recite it every morning. |
First of all, the Pledge of Allegiance unites all Americans together. Every one from Alaska to Florida, from Texas to Minnesota, is held together by the one thing we recite every morning. The Pledge of Allegiance holds Americans together. Read More...
|This year's winning essay from Division II (7th/8th graders) is from eighth grader Brock D. of Thief River Falls Lodge #1308.|
|Our Flag is a national symbol that represents not only our pride as Americans, but also our freedom and liberty earned by our own sweat, toil, and blood.|
The words of the pledge are an outline of our commitment to the flag; telling us why it represents us, and we represent it. While it compels us to commit to our nation, it also tells us we are unified with our countrymen in common rights. This flag shows our unity in every city and town. It surrounds memorials and national monuments. Read More...