Perry Elks, Boy Scouts hold Flag Day event at Josh Davis Plaza Saturday

0
931
Taking part in the Flag Day ceremony Saturday at Josh Davis Memorial Plaza in downtown Perry were, from left, members of Perry Boy Scout Troop 127 Jeremiah Cregeen of Perry, Scoutmaster Harvey Blaisdell of Perry, Caden Heck of Perry and Jackson Tierney of Perry and members of BPOE Lodge 407 Chad Morman of Perry, Pat Tierney of Perry, John Taylor Jr. of Perry, Calvin Smith of Perry, Dave Davis of Perry, Greg Haglund of Perry, Milton Watkins of Ankeny and Dwayne Morman of Perry.

Jackson Tierney, left, of Boy Scout Troop 127 in Perry presents the Pine Tree Flag, flown during the American Revolution by colonial subjects in revolt against the British crown, while Perry Elk Chad Morman looks on during the Flag Day ceremony Saturday at Josh David Memorial Plaza in Perry.
Jackson Tierney, left, of Boy Scout Troop 127 in Perry presents the Pine Tree Flag, flown during the American Revolution by colonial subjects in revolt against the British crown, while Perry Elk Chad Morman looks on during the Flag Day ceremony Saturday at Josh David Memorial Plaza in Perry.

Perry’s Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 407 and Perry’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 127 staged a Flag Day ceremony Saturday afternoon at the John Davis Memorial Plaza in downtown Perry.

About a dozen attendees maintained a respectful silence while the Elks performed their ceremonial duties, including a benediction and a series of exultations of the U.S. national flag.

A history of the flag’s development was read aloud by Elk Pat Tierney of Perry, with members of Boy Scout Troop 127 bearing the examples of the national colors in turn and placing them in a pedestal.

BPOE_logoElk John Taylor of Perry read a capsule version of the founding and expansion of what became the United States: “While the Old World groveled in abject homage to the hearsay of the divine right of kings, a new constellation appeared in the western skies, the Stars and Stripes, symbolizing the divine rights for all today: liberty, happiness and peace under endowment by their creator.”

“To what man or woman is given words adequate to tell the story of the building of this nation?” Taylor asked. He continued: “That immortal story is written in blood and sweat, in heroic deeds and unremitting toil, in clearing primeval forests and in planting the vast prairies where once the coyote and buffalo roamed. Onward swept the nation, spanning wide rivers, leaping vast mountain ranges, leaving its path through village and farm, factory and city, till at last this great nation stood astride the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific.”

Did you like this story? Please support our daily coverage of local news and sports with a one-time donation or a recurring donation of $5 per month.




https://youtu.be/6fQOjCuIY00

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.