Letter to the Editor

Replace worn out U.S. flags

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dear editor,

Recently, I've been seeing the slogan "Don't Burn My Flag" in various places. This is meant to be a patriotic statement, of course, but did you know that burning is the proper way to dispose of an old or damaged flag?

Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th.

As you look around the community, take notice of how many badly worn and torn flags you see. It seems hundreds of local citizens went out after 9-11 and bought flags to show solidarity against our terrorist enemies, which was a great thing.

But, please, that was a decade ago, folks. Take a hard look at that flag you're still displaying. It's supposed to be red white and blue; not some faded old gray thing. And, it shouldn't look like the dog chewed on it or it got caught on some barbed wire somewhere. So, this Flag Day, how about getting a replacement flag? Show your pride in America.

-- Jim Breslin