The Rockland Lodge of Elks 1008 invites Midcoast citizens and students to its observance of Flag Day at 210 Rankin St. Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m.

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the resolution that "resolved that the flag of the United States be the thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing the new constellation."

Prior to this date, various banners of different designs were used in a number of the colonies. The Elks are the first and only fraternal organization to require formal observance of Flag Day.

In July 1908, the national lodge in Dallas, Texas provided the nationwide observance of Flag Day.

June 14 was officially established as Flag Day by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

The ritual for Flag Day is special and conducted as a public ceremony, designed to be informative and inspirational.

The service covers the history of the American flag, and flags of the earlier colonies. The flags will be on display for the audience.

For more information, contact William Demmons at 319-3400.