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Celebrate Flag Day by flying, respecting ‘Old Glory’

June 13. 2014 10:33AM
Americans everywhere proudly hoist the stars and stripes for Flag Day and city streets blaze with red, white and blue on June 14. The Charles R. Doman American Legion Auxiliary Unit #131 in Valley Springs, will join American Legion Aauxiliary units across the country in conducting proper flag-collection and retirement ceremonies, holding flag education sessions and encouraging all to fly the flag this day and every day.

As flags come out of storage, yet again to be unfurled in all their splendor, the American Legion Auxiliary would like to remind everyone of some of the do’s and don’ts for flying the flag.

• DO keep the flag from touching the ground at all times.

• DO fly the U.S. flag at equal height or higher than state or other flags.

• DON’T fly the flag upside down (as that is a signal of distress).

• DON’T fly a flag that is all torn and ragged.

• DON’T discard of old flags in the regular garbage.

Later this summer, date yet to be determined, the American Legion Post of Valley Springs will hold a flag burning ceremony, in which old, ragged flags will be properly destroyed. The public is welcome to bring flags for destruction or drop them off at the American Legion in advance.

Flag Day is a time to reflect on our freedoms and the principles of our great nation for which the flag stands. It is also a time to protect “Old Glory.” Protection of our flag impairs no one’s free speech. It does not prevent ideas from being expressed. It involves no censorship of an idea. Fly your red, white and blue today and every day to honor and celebrate our freedoms and opportunities as Americans.

The American Legion Auxiliary’s more than 750,000 members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours annually, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching young Junior members to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.

To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.





A U.S. flag waves in the breeze in front of the Valley Springs American Legion Post Home. Submitted photo



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