Members of the Chillicothe Elks Lodge gathered on the south steps of the Livingston County Courthouse for a Flag Day ceremony Wednesday morning, June 14.

Members of the Chillicothe Elks Lodge gathered on the south steps of the Livingston County Courthouse for a Flag Day ceremony Wednesday morning, June 14. The Elks Lodge is active in patriotic activities and conducts a Flag Day ceremony each year. “It’s a way for the organization to be patriotic and encourage patriotism in the community,” said event coordinator Brett Romeiser, leading knight of the local Elks Lodge. The ceremony is open to the public but usually takes place at the Elks Lodge. This year, however, plans were made to have the event at the courthouse. The ceremony included a display and explanation of flags that have been used in America, dating back to the Pine Tree Flag, which was carried by the Colonial Army at the Battle of Bunker Hill, up through the current 50-star flag. It was stated U.S. troops have carried the flag into battles throughout the years.