Flag escorts include Peggy Nelson, left, Bruce Nelson, American Legion Post 132 1st Vice Commander Steve Asp, Sons of the American Revolution (Al Neimeyer, Lance Dickinson), Buffalo Soldiers (Reg. Sgt. Maj. Aaron Plump, Reg. Sgt. Maj. William McCurtis). 

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Approximately 100 people attended the annual Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 Flag Day ceremony in SaddleBrooke on June 12. 

This year marked the 12th anniversary of this event sponsored by the Lodge and SaddleBrooke HOA  No. 1. Lodge officers, members of the community, Golder Ranch Fire District Color Guard, Fire Chief Randy Karrer, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Sons of the American Revolution, Buffalo Soldiers, American Legion Post 132 and Coyote Country Cloggers participated in this inspirational ceremony.

The lodge also conducted a flag retirement ceremony for service-worn American flags on Flag Day. Cub Scouts affiliated with Boy Scout Troop 297 in Catalina presented the colors at the beginning of the service. 

The flags were surrendered to American Legion Post 132 who retired the flags with dignity and respect. 

In addition, the lodge raised more than 35 American flags on Oracle Road in Catalina.

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