• Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815 is sponsoring a Flag Day celebration today in SaddleBrooke.

The festivities get underway at 9 a.m. in front of the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse, 64500 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd.

SaddleBrooke Homeowners' Association No. 1 is co-sponsoring the event, an annual event since 2002. The celebration is at the base of the flagpole commemorating 9/11 victims. At the ceremony, lodge officers will conduct the Elks' Flag Day ritual.

The Golder Ranch Fire District color guard, the Coyote Country Cloggers, the American Legion and guest speakers from law enforcement agencies also will make appearances. Veterans who attend the ceremony will be recognized.

• The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Casas Adobes Post 10188 will host a flag retirement ceremony and dinner today.

The burger dinner starts at 5 p.m. at the VFW post, 345 E. Roger Road, for a $5 donation. The retirement ceremony starts at 7 p.m.

The post has already collected and prepared flags it intends to burn.

Why Flag Day?

President Harry S. Truman established Flag Day as a holiday in 1949. Its history can be traced to 1777, with the passage of the Flag Act of 1777, which gave the flag its stars and stripes.

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Where to donate

American Legion posts often conduct ceremonial disposal of flags. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts also often collect and dispose of worn flags.