Elks Lodge reports successful open house, Flag Day ceremony


JUN 26, 2019

The Elks Lodge had extended an invitation to the whole north county of Chautauqua to attend an open house on June 8. This event was well attended by members and many new faces who were impressed with the organization and hospitality. The open house was so successful, six people requested to become part of this Elks Lodge membership.

The annual Flag Day ceremony was held on June 15 at the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse. The weather was very over cast, gray, a little windy and chilly,but no rain. The perfect setting for the flags to be honored and retired. The one thing missing was the rockets red glare.

Despite the weather, many people were in attendance for this very powerful ceremony. The Western New York Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps provided patriotic music and Taps. The National Anthem and God Bless America were sung by Kira Kuhlman, Matthew Helwig, Addison Helwig, Matthew Levan, Megan Levan, Kim Levan, and Leah Pawlak. The Knights of Columbus were honor guards and posted the colors. Wolf Den Pack 267, with Brandon LeBeau, Pack Master retired the flags. The Elks officers led the ceremony. 

Bruce Kaus,Sr of the United States Marine Corps was the featured speaker followed by Edwin Ramos, City Clerk representing the City of Dunkirk. Upon completion of the ceremony, everyone in attendance was invited back to the lodge for hotdogs and hamburgers. The Elks thanks everyone who participated in the ceremony and Dave Briska for his continued assistance with the use of the Lighthouse.

Coming Aug. 3 is a rib barbecue dinner. Tired of the chicken dinners? Come and have ribs fresh off the grill. Mark your calendar and more information to follow.