OSWEGO, NY ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ The Oswego Elks observed Patriotic Day Thursday evening.
The members were joined by representatives of the armed services, city officials and city firefighters and police officers.
Mayor Randy Bateman read a proclamation designation Sept. 11 as Patriotic Day in the Port City.
Elizabeth Malone, Elks Exalted Ruler, presented the special guests with American flags in honor of the occasion.
Dan Capella, MC for the ceremony, asked the public to join the Elks in “a renewal of our commitment to the principles upon which the United States of America was founded.”
“We gather as members of the American community to demonstrate the depths of our patriotism,” he said.
Patriotism is more than just displaying the flag, he added.
“It is a love of and a devotion to our country manifested in thought, effort and sacrifice. This is what personifies patriotism and truly determines who is and who is not a patriot,” he said.
It was significant that their gathering took place on Sept. 11, “a very memorable day,” he noted.
“Today marks a moment when nearly 3,000 individuals died as a result of terrorism on the part of those who envy the openness of our society and the freedom of our citizens,” Capella said.
“The deaths and also the injuries of the civilians and the brave firefighters and law enforcement officers that day as well as that of thousands of other Americans who have throughout our history have given sacrifice for the well-being of our citizens must serve as a constant guide for all of us to follow,” he concluded.