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Letter: Respect Old Glory

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:29 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of patriotic pride. The U.S. flag can be seen flying everywhere to indicate a symbol of unity, to remember the men and women serving in our military and to remember those who have died for our country.

Many individuals asking questions about proper flag etiquette have contacted the Veterans of Foreign Wars and we appreciate their questions.

To assist in displaying our nation’s symbol, I would like to share a few guidelines:

• A flag displayed on a car should be fastened to the right side bumper, antenna or to the window.

• If displaying a flag on a wall, the blue field should be in the upper left corner and it should never touch the ground.

• When displaying an all-weather flag outdoors, 24 hours a day, there should be a light near it at night so it is not in complete darkness.

• Above all, when the flag becomes worn, please replace it.

For additional flag etiqette information, visit the VFW website at www.vfw.org or contact your local Post Commander.

VFW Post 2287 will be conducting a Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 14 at the Post home at 421 Oak St. in DeKalb. Please drop off your torn or faded U.S. flag at this location starting on Loyalty Day, May 1, through June 14.

Remember Old Glory has been flying for more than 237 years and will be flying for many, many years in the future. Thank you for showing your patriotic pride.

God Bless America!

Rick Cliffe

Post Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2287


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