Flag Day Resolution

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Flag Day Resolution  (1919) 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

Signed resolution of the 1919 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks convention declaring itself to be patriotic and barring the membership of anarchists, socialists and members of the Industrial Workers of the World.

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Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of
the United States of America

Grand Lodge, Fifty-Fifth Session

Atlantic City, N.J., July 9, 1919.

Whereas, The American Flag is the emblem of our free government wherein rights of persons and property are forever guaranteed by written constitution, and there appears to be a world-wide movement to subvert and destroy these rights by certain organizations and individuals through actions and propaganda inimical to our free American government and dangerous to our institutions; and

Whereas, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is distinctly American, advocating and supporting the Constitution and Flag of our country, and condemning all things and all persons that are in any degree, or in any manner, opposed thereto;

Now therefore be it Resolved,

That the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in annual session assembled, does hereby pledge this Order to use all lawful means to check and prevent the extension of the dangerous doctrines that threaten our free institutions and our Flag, and that no person shall be permitted to join or remain in our Order who openly, or covertly, directly or indirectly, gives aid, comfort or support to the doctrines, practices or purposes of the Bolsheviki, Anarchists, the I.W.W., or kindred organizations, or who does not give undivided allegiance to our Flag, and the great principles of constitutional free government of which it is the emblem.

I hereby certify that the above is a correct copy of a Resolution unanimously adopted by the Grand Lodge, at its fifty-fifth session, held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 9, 1919.

Bruce A. Campbell
Grand Exalted Ruler Attest

Fred C. Robinson
Grand Secretary


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