The Goals of Americanism

The ambition and goal of the Americanism Program is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to stimulate an awareness — a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward patriotism — so that we as Members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will become constant reminders to the people of our Nation that America truly means freedom and that CARE and SHARE.

The Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee and State Association and Local Lodge Americanism Committees are charged with implementing the patriotic activities of the Order. Each Lodge should take part in as many of these programs as possible to have a diversified impact for Americanism in their area.

2nd Annual Flag Retirement Ritual was conducted Thursday September 24, 2020. Ceremony retired 12 Flags and was aided by Boy Scout Troup 492.
1st Annual Flag Retirement Ritual – 09/26/19

The Order has a great tradition of promoting patriotism at the national, state and community levels. The Grand Lodge Americanism Manual (Code 512000) is devoted to this cause, and Committee members must be thoroughly familiar with its provisions as they relate to projects, procedures, promotions and awards.  The Americanism committee maintains the Flag Pole area and oversees the Flag Day Rituals, Flag Retirements, and Flag Dedications.

The ambition and goal of the Americanism Program is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to stimulate an awareness — a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward patriotism — so that we as Members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will become constant reminders to the people of our Nation that America truly means freedom and that Elks CARE and Elks SHARE.

Upcoming Americanism events include the Flag Dedication ceremony (Thursday March 18, 2021), Flag Day Ritual (Sunday June 14, 2021), and Retirement Ritual (Thursday September 23, 2021).