Another Memorial Day has passed, and with it our public and private ceremonies for remembering America's military members who have left this world. One of the traditions we observe on this day is placing U.S. flags on service members' gravesites. Various organizations and individuals participate in this tradition, and we are all honored to do so.
We also fly our flags at half-staff until noon, when those beautiful flags are once again raised to full-staff. However, we must remember that flying a tattered American flag, or keeping an old and faded one on a gravesite, actually shows disrespect for our national symbol. Additionally, those worn and weathered flags should be properly disposed of, and not tossed in a trashcan as we found at the cemetery at the end of the day.
All posts of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will gladly accept your old flags, no matter the size, for proper and respectful disposal. In fact, American Legion Post 14 will be conducting a disposal ceremony Saturday at 9 a.m. The public is invited to observe this short but meaningful ceremony, and another of America's traditions.
Commander Ann Seney
American Legion, Post 14