Each Memorial Day, members of the American Legion family of Post 14 place American flags on the graves of veterans in Mountain View Cemetery. During the year, many of our citizens also place flags on the graves of their loved ones.
Unfortunately, those same citizens don't go back to check on the flags during the year.
In this photograph sent in to the Miner are flags our members either removed from graves or found in trash cans last Memorial Day. They were faded, tattered, and torn - definitely considered unserviceable. Title 4 of the United States Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 8 Respect for flag (k), states "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning." Several veterans' organizations and some Boy Scout troops perform this solemn ceremony.
Please check the flags you have placed on graves or fly at your homes or businesses and if they are no longer in good condition, take them to an organization that properly destroys them. Next month, on June 18, American Legion Post 14 will have a flag disposal ceremony and we will be pleased to receive those flags for disposal. We are located at 225 Oak St. and are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rebecca Faris, dual member
American Legion Post 14
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14