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Old Glory

To the Editor:

Especially during times of patriotic holidays or times of national pride or remembrance, Americans proudly display the American flag to show our patriotism, love for, and loyalty to our country and a gratitude for our rights.

Many individuals and businesses and organizations display the flag year round. However, while displaying the flag is a privilege and right, with that right must come commitment and responsibility. Displaying the flag properly is important.

Guidelines for the correct way to display the American flag can be found at many sources, including www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flagdisplay.pdf. Foremost among all of the guidelines for displaying our flag is the one tenet that to display a tattered, worn or soiled flag disrespects and dishonors our country.

Unfortunately, many of us put up a flag and then let it fly long after it should have been retired. Truthfully, flying no flag at all is better than flying a flag after it should have been retired. Take notice of the flags you see. Please note flags that have become tattered and just mention to the owner that it is time they remove or replace their flag. A friendly reminder could be all that is needed to draw attention to the need for a new flag.

There are guidelines, too, for the proper disposal of the American flag. If you have a flag that is no longer suitable for display, you can drop it off at your local VFW or American Legion, and it will be disposed of with honor and respect. God bless America and God bless Old Glory.

Gay Belcher

Woodstock

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