On Aug. 17, Jacksonville Lodge presented an American Heritage Corner to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. Ninety people were in attendance, including community members, fire department members and lodge members. Documents in the American Heritage Corner include the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Monroe Doctrine, Gettysburg Address, Elks Resolution on Law and Order, and Elks Declaration of American Principles. Randy Wyse, President of International Association of Firefighters Jacksonville Local 122 and 32-year JFRD veteran, assisted in organizing the event.
Pictured are Carla Ray Rhymes, Americanism Lodge Chair; Tony Langals, Americanism Committee member and Inner Guard; and Ron Snelling, PER, retired JFRD firefighter.