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The grand old flags
Flag Day ceremony

Elks Lodge 1460 of Platteville held its annual Flag Day ceremony Friday, continuing a tradition started by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1907. This Flag Day was different than previous Flag Days, however, beginning with a brief motorcycle parade through downtown Platteville that included Revolutionary War-era flags and the 13-, 15-, 20 and 48-star versions of the U.S. flag. (The U.S. has had 28 different versions of the flag between the original 13-star flag and today’s 50-star flag.) The Flag Day program included a listing of examples of how, to quote Thomas Jefferson, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”