ILION, NY – The Ilion Elks Lodge was presented with a special gift this Memorial Day Weekend.
An American flag from the U.S. Capitol.
The flag had flown above the Capitol earlier this year and was presented by Congresswoman Claudia Tenney to members of the Elks Lodge in a special ceremony Friday.
The Elks say it was an honor to receive the flag from someone who not only represents them in Washington but is also a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge herself.
According to Scott Hendrix, the exalted ruler of Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, receiving it during Memorial Day weekend made it all the more special.
“Without our veterans and the sacrifices they made throughout history, this lodge wouldn't exist. It's always special at Memorial Day when we can honor our veterans and having a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol makes it all the more special."
The Elks plan to fly the flag in front of the lodge on flag day and then retire it inside where it will be on display alongside flags that have flown in Iraq as well as Afghanistan.