Flag Day

Members of Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Honor a Patriotic Business

 

15th National Military Appreciation Month

Freddy's

In February 1942, as Japanese forces tightened their grip on the Philippines, MacArthur was ordered by President Roosevelt to relocate to Australia. On the night of 12 March 1942, MacArthur, and a select group, left Corregidor in four PT boats. MacArthur and his party reached Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao, where B-17s picked them up, and flew them to Australia.  His famous speech, in which he said, “I came through and I shall return”, was first made at Terowie, a small town in South Australia, on 20 March.  Washington asked MacArthur to amend his promise to “We shall return”.  He ignored the request.

On October 20, 1944, a few hours after his troops landed, MacArthur waded ashore onto the Philippine island of Leyte. That day, he made a radio broadcast in which he declared, “People of the Philippines, I have returned!”

This is where our mention of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers comes in.  Fred Simon served in the 1st Cavalry out of Fort Riley, Kansas.  Fort Riley is the home of the 1st Infantry Division home of The Big Red One.  Fred Simon had the distinction of walking ashore with Gen. MacArthur upon the General’s return to the Philippines.

 

Freddy’s was founded by two brothers, Bill and Randy Simon, whose father, Freddy Simon, was the inspiration for the restaurant, and its namesake. The Simons partnered with Scott Redler to create a brand reminiscent of simpler times.

Members of Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge seek to honor those who fly the American flag 24 hours every day of the year.  Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is a business that does just that.  Below is photo of our Secretary, David Naccarato, PER, presenting a certificate of recognition to Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers located at 391 Hampshire Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA.  The framed picture above the certificate is of Fred Simon.

Fred Simon Picture

 

By | 2016-12-10T08:50:25+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Blog, bpo elks, elks 2477, elks activities, Elks Grand Lodge, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day, Lodge Activities, Uncategorized, Veteran's|Comments Off on Members of Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Honor a Patriotic Business

Happy Birthday Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

Birthday_candlesHappy Birthday to the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

Born March 25th, 1972

Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Cal-Vet Home in Saticoy

The Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 conducted a flag retirement ceremony at the Cal-Vet Home in Saticoy several weeks ago.  This post was delayed in hopes of obtaining the names of resident participants which have to this date have not come forth.  This posting is to commemorate the gracious efforts on the part of our lodge members who conducted the ceremony in honor of the veteran residents of Cal-Vet, Saticoy and all veterans across our great country.  From our lodge:  Bill Sternberg, PER, Billy Sternberg, Barbara Gibs, ER Leo Rodriguez, Robert Jones and especially our Veteran Affairs Chairman Carl Lanterman.  Thanks goes out to 1st Lady Lynn Rodriguez for providing these photographs.

 

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By | 2013-03-16T13:43:32+00:00 March 16th, 2013|annual events, Blog, elks 2477, elks activities, Elks Grand Lodge, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day, Lodge Activities, Veteran's|Comments Off on Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Cal-Vet Home in Saticoy

A request from the Cal-Vet Home, Ventura to Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

A request has come to the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge from the Cal Vet Home – Ventura for a flag retirement.

After the veterans brunch and flag retirement in November 2012, attended by some of the CalVets, the administration asked if we could share our ceremony with their residents.  The home in Saticoy, Ventura County, is a 60-bed facility for veterans over 62 years of age, and is run like a 4-star hotel with extras.  The staff goes all out to make the residents happy with their home.  It is a pleasure and honor that the administration was so taken by the Elks flag retirement ceremony as to ask for this favor, which we are happy and honored to provide.

On Sunday, February 24th, comencing at 1:00 pm, 10900 Telephone Rd. in Saticoy, a Viet Nam veterans group will provide a color guard for the ceremony.  This will be followed by the Elks honor to the flags of our country that have served their time flying over homes and facilities of our country.  Then, proceeding to the outside facility suitable for the burning of these flags, the flag retirement will commence with all veterans who wish to retire a flag coming to the circle of honor.

The only method of retirement of United States flags that is recognized by our government is through burning.  The Boy Scouts of America have developed one of the most recognizable ceremonies, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks follows a very similar service; both having been in effect for many years.  Please find the time to attend this ceremony in honor of our veterans and our flag.

In Elkdom,

Carl Lanterman
National Veterans Services Chairman,
Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

“So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will not forget them.”

By | 2013-01-24T01:02:48+00:00 January 24th, 2013|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, bpo elks, elks 2477, elks activities, Elks Grand Lodge, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day, Lodge Activities, Scouting, Veteran's|Comments Off on A request from the Cal-Vet Home, Ventura to Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

In Honor of Flag Day

By Jerry Serota

Sunday, June 11, 2011 the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 conducted a Flag Day Ceremony and Flag Retirement Ceremony with 50 members and guests present. A history of our Flag was read and each one was on display from the very first until today including the an MIA Flag.  Brownie Taylor Spira sang the National Anthem.

We then adjourned outside and Exalted ruler retired the first Flag. The Scouts were then encouraged to each retire a Flag.

An ice cream and cookie social was provided and the scouts loved it.

By | 2011-09-15T06:00:58+00:00 July 2nd, 2011|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day|Comments Off on In Honor of Flag Day

Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Flag Day 2010

Let’s start with a little background: the first flag, called the Grand Union, was first flown at the headquarters of the Continent Army on January 1, 1776. Then on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress proposed that the United States have a national flag instead of the British Union Jack. The 13 stars of the flag represented the 13 new states.

Patriotism has been an integral part of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag is a requirement of every member. In 1907, the BPO Elks Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day and subsequently adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues to this day.

There were few public ceremonies honoring the Stars and Stripes until June 14, 1877 when it was flown from every government building in honor of the centennial of the adoption of a national flag. The first official Flag Day was observed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1893. New York also proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day 1897. Other states were slow to follow. Some people thought that the day was too close to Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that henceforth June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.

Since then the President proclaims the commemoration yearly, and encourages all Americans in the country to display the Stars and Stripes outside their homes and businesses.

On June 14, 2010 Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge were privileged to continue that tradition accompanied by a Flag Retirement Ceremony. We’d like to thank the members of the Lodge, the Cub Scouts and the community for their participation.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:28+00:00 June 23rd, 2010|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day, Members, Veteran's|Comments Off on Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Flag Day 2010