Published 9:05 am Monday, July 6, 2009
Dispose of worn flags respectfully
Pride in ones country is something everyone should possess.
Unfortunately, that is not always true when it comes to the United States of America, and often the values of our nation are trampled upon without care.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Atmore is doing its part to instill that pride in the community.
VFW Post 70176, assisted by the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and the NJROTC Unit of Escambia County High School, will conduct a Ritual for the Disposal of Unserviceable Flags at 7 p.m. on June 15 behind the Post, located at 206 W. Ashley St.
Since Flag Day is observed annually on June 14, which is on Sunday this year, the Post voted to hold the ceremony one day later.
Atmore area residents who have unserviceable flags for disposal can drop them in a Post box placed at the Post’s entrance before June 15, or bring them to the ceremony, along with their lawn chairs to attend.
The veterans, scouts and cadets agree that we need to destroy the flags of our great nation that have previously provided proud and worthy service or that have paid tribute to our honored dead, in a proper, dignified and solemn manner.
Even flags that show wear and tear for honorable reasons, such as having flown during combat, and can be appreciated for what they represent, must be properly taken care of.
We must all remember not to take for granted the fact that we can even fly the flag, and treat it with the proper respect.
After all, according to the U.S. flag code, “the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”
Plus, what better reason to replace your flag just in time to celebrate our country’s independence.