We have given a lot of thought about whether it is in the best interest of all to hold a Field of Honor this year. A lot of behind the scenes work goes into this event and we would hate to spend that time then not be able to hold the ceremony due to social distancing. That being said, we have decided that the Field of Honor will not take place this year. A new date of May 2nd, 2021 has been set.
To those who have already purchased flags, rest assured that your order will be honored at that time. If you prefer to have your money refunded, please contact us and we will see that your money is returned to you. Please contact Randy Boudreau at 989-506-6332 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for understanding.
Elaine Helman-Boudreau & Randy Boudreau
Michigan Elks Field of Honor
The number of flags in the Michigan Elks Field of Honor at Alma Lodge #1400 increased by 112 from 176 in 2018 to 288 in 2019. This is the most flags in the 15 year history of the Field. This was due mainly by inviting all the Lodges in Michigan to participate in the renamed Michigan Elks Field of Honor at Alma Lodge. Sixteen Lodges were represented with a flag honoring their Lodge. Ferndale Lodge purchased a flag in honor of 10 of their members who were veterans.
Last year’s Field was dedicated on September 8th because the Grand Exalted Ruler, Robert Duitsman and wife Beth visited the Alma Lodge on September 16 on their way to the Elk State Convention in Frankenmuth, MI. This year’s Field of Honor will be dedicated on Sunday May 3, 2020 at 2pm.
When the Michigan Elks Field of Honor is dedicated on May 3, 2020 we hope the number of flags to increase again. The members of Alma Lodge #1400 invite all Michigan Elk Lodges to have a flag represented in the Field to show Elk’s dedication to Americanism, Veterans and those who are loved by displaying these flags in honor or in memory of these people. The special Honorees this year will be First Responders. The flags do not need to be for those who have served our country or who are currently serving. They are also for anyone who is loved or have touched our hearts in a special way.
We request that every Lodge petition their members for $20 to have a flag honoring their Lodge in the Michigan Elks Field of Honor at Alma. This will be the 16th year for the Field of Honor. When the Field is dismantled on June 14th each flag, pole and tag will be the property of the purchaser. The order form can be found online at mielks.com under Americanism or by contacting Randy Boudreau at email@example.com or 989-506-6332.
Please put May 3, 2020 on your calendar to attend the dedication of the Field. The events of the day include the Forgotten Eagles bringing in the Military field flags and the Military anthems will be played as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps flags are placed in the Field. Rodney Woodring, from Traverse City Lodge #323, will play the bagpipes as the National Guard, We Support Our Troops, First Responders, Paramedics and MIA/POW flags are placed in the Field. There will be Military, Fire and Police vehicles on site and the Alma VFW Color Guard will perform the 21 Gun Salute and Taps. During the finale, all present will hold hands as God Bless the USA is played. It is truly an indescribable event that will sincerely deeply touch you.
Flags will continue to be $25 for individuals and $20 for flags honoring a Lodge.
Alma Lodge looks forward to seeing you at the Dedication of the Michigan Elks Field of Honor at Alma Lodge #1400 on May 3, 2020 at 2pm. God Bless America!
Randy Boudreau Co-Chairs, Michigan Elks Field of Honor at Alma Lodge #1400