By Cornelia de Bruin

Triplicate staff writer

Thursday marks the day set aside to honor the nation's flag - Flag Day.

To commemorate the nation's symbol, members of Crescent City's Emblem Club will hold their traditional Flag Day service.

The public is invited to attend this year's ceremony, planned for 5:30 p.m. at Crescent City Elks Lodge 1689.

The ceremony provides the history of all flags that have flown in the nation during its history.

Following the ceremony, the Elks and Emblems clubs host a pot luck dinner.

The Elks Club is linked to the woman who helped to make the nation's first flag.

Margaret Young, the woman who cut out the 13 while stars sewn into a circle on the first flag's blue field, later gave birth to a son, Henry Sanderson, who became a Grand Exalted Ruler of the Order of Elks in 1884.

The nation's flag is the Emblem Club's symbol.

Flag Day's roots stretch back to the 19th century.

Wisconsin teacher B.J. Cigrand marked the 108th anniversary of the flag's adoption by speaking publicly about the patriotic milestone and involving children in the observation.

Four years later, 1889, New York City kindergarten teacher George Balch found an appropriate patriotic theme for his school's students to tie to the flag's birthday.

Next to publicly note the holiday was the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, in 1891, and the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution.

But in spite of the spreading interest in celebrating the flag, not until 1916 was June 14 proclaimed a nationwide celebration.

President Woodrow Wilson was impressed enough by the 30 years' efforts to honor the nation's symbol to use the day before Memorial Day - May 30, 1916 - to proclaim the new observation.

Proper Flag Display

?Normally the flag flies from sunrise to sunset.

?When flying multiple flags, the Stars and Stripes fly at the top of

the pole.

?Tradition holds that it be raised andquot;brisklyandquot; and lowered slowly.

?Proper display puts the blue field at the upper left. Displaying

the flag upside down is a distress symbol.

?The flag should not be flown in inclement weather.

?After a tragedy or death, the flag is to be flown at half staff for

30 days. The term is half staff on land and half mast on a ship.

?Flags are to be folded when they are stored.

?When the flag becomes old, retire it properly by having it

de-commissioned and burned. Boy Scouts know the

de-commissioning ceremony and perform it for groups.