The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #931 will conduct its annual Flag Day ceremony on the front portico of the Indiana County Court House at noon Friday.

The ceremony will be hosted by the Indiana County commissioners and will be conducted by the officers of the lodge, along with participation of many government officials and representatives of civic organizations from the community.

Veterans from all branches of the military are invited to be special guests of the lodge for the ceremony.

Michael Baker, chairman of the Indiana County commissioners, will extend greetings to all citizens and program participants. Indiana Mayor George Hood will present a proclamation to the citizens to pause and pay homage and respect to the flag of the United States of America.

The Civil Air Patrol, Jimmy Stewart Composite Squadron 714, will present the colors to begin the ceremony and retire the colors at the conclusion of the program.

Scouts of America will participate in several roles throughout the program.

Sherene Hess, Indiana County commissioner, will present the “Response to the History of the Flag.”

Rep. Jim Struzzi, of the 62nd District of the General Assembly, and Sen. Joe Pittman, of the 41st Pennsylvania Senatorial District, will be guests of the lodge for the ceremony.

A special historical enactment of the “Spirit of ’76” will be held as the flag is presented as a part of the history of the flag.

Elk members are proud knowing that the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the first and only fraternal organization to require the formal observance of Flag Day.

In case of rain or the high probability of rain, the event will be held at the Elks Lodge, 475 S. 13th St., Indiana, at noon Friday.