Whitehall Elks keep candles lit for nine departed members

B y Lee Tugas

Members of Whitehall Elks Lodge 1491 lit nine candles Sunday afternoon in memory of nine departed members.

Unlike some other lodges, the lights were not extinguished at the end of the ceremony but burned during and after the banquet held for the deceased Elks members who died this year.

“There isn’t a specific ceremony for departed members for all Elks Lodges,” explained Julie Egan, exulted ruler of Whitehall Elks Lodge 1491. Each lodge personalizes its own ceremony, she said. [...]

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