Flag Day

This Saturday is Flag Day. Folks all over America will fly Old Glory to show their patriotism. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks started Flag Day back in 1907 and the government made it an official holiday in 1949. The Savannah Elks Lodge on Wilshire Boulevard's annual flag ceremony was last night. They recognized all of America's flags over the past two and a half centuries.

"The importance of the tradition is the importance of the flag," said Bill Tonkin of the lodge. "It's our country's flag. It's our battle flag. It's what our soldiers follow into battle and die for, for our country's freedoms and so our country's way of life can be protected. We love our flag."

The guest speaker last night was our own general manager, Bill Cathcart, delivering a patriotic address.

It's also the time of year when many retire old flags and purchase new ones. Savannah flag maker Scott Mohrmann says business is not as good as it was following September 11, but he does have regular customers that come back around this time every year.

"You get your regulars coming in, the ones that buy the flags," he said. "A flag usually lasts about a year. The ones that buy the flags about this time last year usually come in and bring their old ones in."

Savannah Sails and Rails on River Street will dispose of your old flag and give you a discount on a new one.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com