The members of the Ft. Benning Elks Lodge celebrated Flag Day by honoring the flag at a retirement ceremony today.
Several members of the Elks lodge told News 3 that today was all about honoring a long standing tradition. That tradition is to burn old flags out of respect for our country and the men and women who fight to protect it.
Robert Special is a long time member of the Elks lodge. He says Flag Day is about love.
"It's love, it's love for our flag, it's love for our country, it's love for the men and women that died for us," says Special.
He, along with other members of the lodge participated in the flag retirement ceremony. The lodge burns old flags out of respect. He says it's the proper thing to do.
"If we throw it away, we surrendered."
Special says the flag retirement demonstration has been going on since 1776 and the Ft. Benning lodge is only one of the many places that will participate.
"Tonight, they'll be over 2,100 Elks lodges that are doing the same thing," says Special.
The members of the elks lodge honor the flags like they would honor a fallen soldier.
Alexander Hudgins III, a member of the 11th Engineer Battalion says a lot of soldiers have sacrificed it all for the flag.
"Flag day means a lot of people have lost their lives for the flag," says Hudgins.
Hudgins says American people should remember the importance of Flag Day.
"I always like people to remember the importance of the flag, the United States flag of America and still honor it, and let everybody know there's still patriots out there in the world," says Hudgins.
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