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Time to retire old, worn flags

Letter to editor

POSTED: May 31, 2014 10:30 a.m.

Editor, The time to act is now. All Americans must stop and take a close look at the symbol of our great nation, which they might have flying over their residence, place of business, on their vehicles or even on their clothes. Is that great symbol of your freedom, the American flag, unserviceable? By that, I mean is it worn, torn, dirty or just plain ragged? If so, now is the time to replace it with a brand-new American flag.
If you replace your unserviceable American flag, what are you going to do with it? Just throw it in the trash? I truly hope not. The U.S. flag codes (36 U.S.C. 173-178) state that unserviceable American flags should be properly destroyed and their remains placed in a place of honor. East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 will conduct a flag retirement/disposal ceremony at 5 p.m. on Flag Day, June 14. This ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Historic Midway Church. For additional information, call Commander Dennis P. Fitzgerald at 980-4204.

— Dennis P. Fitzgerald
East Liberty County American Legion Post 321

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