TICONDEROGA - Sponsored by Ticonderoga Elks, Flag Day festivities were held June 13 under gray skies in Bicentennial Park.
Kathleen O'Neill and Shelby Spaulding of St. Mary's School were guest speakers after winning the annual Elks essay contest. This year's theme asked, "What is the American Dream?"
The contest was open to students from St. Mary's, Ticonderoga, Putnam, Crown Point, Moriah, Schroon Lake and Mountain Christian Academy schools.
Also participating in the Ticonderoga observance were local elected officials, Boy Scouts, civic groups and veterans organizations.
In 1907 the Order of Elks declared June 14 as Flag Day. In 1911 the Grand Lodge directed all local lodges to observe Flag Day. In 1949, President Harry Truman, a member of the Elks, designated June 14 as Flag Day by signing an act of Congress.
The Flag Day ceremony capped a busy weekend for the Ti Elks. On June 12 the group hosted its annual children's fishing tournament on Lake Champlain.