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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Flag Day comes with important reminders

I am pleased that this year on Flag Day, our American flag along with the Marine Corps flag will be flying on our flagpole without fear of the wind twisting it up and over the weather vane that once adorned the flagpole.
Since having the weather vane removed several years ago, we can actually wear out a flag instead of it being shredded by the old weather vane.
Flag Day is June 14. Flags should be flying that are in good condition, not torn or faded. Those worn or faded flags should be deposited in a flag disposal box located at most area Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion posts. Flags should never be thrown in the trash. Fold up the flag and drop it at the local post for disposal with the proper ceremony.

Flag Day services June 14
• Eastlake VFW Post 3863 and Willowick American Legion 678 will jointly perform a flag retirement ceremony at the Boulevard of 500 Flags, 35150 Lake Shore Boulevard in Eastlake, at 11 a.m. June 14. The public is invited to attend.
• Willoughby Cleveland Elks Lodge 18 will perform a Flag Day service at 1:30 p.m. June 14 at Wes Point Park gazebo in downtown Willoughby. Assisting in the ceremony will be American Legion Post 214 and Boy Scout Troop 289.
Guest speakers will be Ohio State Elks Association President Lance Knight and the past Commander of Legion Post 214, Brett Woerner. The public is invited.
• Painesville Elks Lodge 549 will continue a tradition that began at the Elks Grand Lodge Convention in 1907 by observing Flag Day.
A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the lodge, 723 Liberty St. in Painesville. The lodge officers will perform the Elks Flag Day ceremony. Also participating will be Painesville American Legion Brakeman-King Post 336 and Cub Scout Pack 174.
After the ceremony, all guests will be treated to hot dogs and apple pie. The public is invited to attend.

Chardon Auxiliary hosts rummage sale
VFW Post 6519 Ladies Auxiliary will host a rummage sale June 19 and 20 at the post home, 752 Water St. in Chardon. The sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call 440-285-3699.

Event benefits color guard unit
A fundraiser for the American Legion Post 336 Color Guard will be 7 to 10:30 p.m. June 20 at the post home, 60 Chester St. in Painesville.
The event will feature live music by Wicked Vinyl. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Chicken BBQ at Willoughby Legion
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby will host a chicken barbecue from 2 to 8 p.m. June 20 at the post home. For details, call the post at 440-942-7762.

Post participates in Summerfest Parade
Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459, Burton-Middlefield will participate in the Middlefield Summerfest Parade at 1 p.m. June 20. For details call 440-834-8764.

Breakfast for Father’s Day in Willowick
Andy Nowacki, American Legion Post 807 will host a Father’s Day Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon June 21, at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick. Cost will be $5 per person. All are welcome.

Cruise In at Willowick Legion Sunday
American Legion Post 678, 590 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a car and motorcycle Cruise In from noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday. All cars and motorcycles are welcome.
Registration fee is $5 or a donation for the Homeless Veterans shelter. For information, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Second Indianhead Division reunites
The Second Indianhead Division Association will host the annual national reunion in San Antonio, Texas, this year. Veterans of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division are asked to attend the event.
For information about the association and the 94th annual reunion Sept. 22-26, contact Bob Haynes, at or call 224-225-1202.

Father’s Day Breakfast at Painesville VFW
VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a Father’s Day Breakfast at the post home beginning at 9 a.m. June 12. Fathers will eat free.
For details, call the post at 440-354-9090.

Annual steak roast at Newbury Post
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, will host its sixth annual steak roast in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post from 4:30 to 7 p.m. June 13.
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Call 440-635-6390; 440-567-9061 or 440-269-3184 for information.

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