Lafayette Lodge 199 celebrates Veterans Day


Lafayette Lodge #199 F&AM in Lock Haven celebrated Veterans Day during a recent monthly meeting. Guest speaker was Lt. Terry Banfill, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, who spoke on the history of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day. The day became a legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, he said, and now Americans celebrate it by honoring and thanking all our nation’s veterans for their service, sacrifice, patriotism and love of country. He told the members that too many take liberties for granted. “They don’t value freedom as being precious. If we do not recognize how precious our freedoms are and speak against anyone trying to take them away, we all fail,” he said. Lodge Exulted Ruler Mack Myers thanked Banfill and his wife, Carmen, for the evening’s presentation and commented on the seemingly endless hours the Banfills spend teaching our youth, honoring our veterans, and donating flags in our county. The lodge members each received a small American flag and a copy of the “Our Flag” booklet. The Banfills also presented the lodge with an American flag and a POW flag.