Walking the Fence Line
Bonnie Bird

Saluting Our Independence

Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 6:26 PM
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    Thank you Bonnie for your words honoring great people. I knew Joe and I'm so happy and honored that I did. Of course I didn't know those firefighters but I do know their family is right now living in anguish and heart ache. My heart and prayers go out to them

    While driving home from Wyoming I saw many many Hot Shots headed out to work tirelessly and we spoke in our vehicle of their bravery, and shared a moment of silence for those passed.

    Thanks for the reminder of our flags deserved care, yes, I think I've let it down a few times also. But I do consider it an honor to stand. And to teach my grand children to also honor it

    I hope everyone had a Wonderful Independence Day


    -- Posted by jessiemiller on Sat, Jul 6, 2013, at 7:58 AM
  • Great refresher.

    I remember being taught this in school. It was an honor to be chosen to raise or lower the flag each day. We were taught how to properly fold and show respect fo the flag.

    A few years ago I worked for a state agency. One day while taking out some trash I found a number of U.S. flags that had been thrown in the dumpster. What a disgrace! Another employee and I retrieved them, folded them and I have been occasionally donating them to local scout troops when they want to teach how to properly retire a flag. I think I have one or two left. If anyone knows a group who wants to hold a flag retirement ceremony let me know.

    When we fail to show respect for the flag, we have also failed in showing respect for all of those who have served this great nation.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    -- Posted by TundraRat on Mon, Jul 8, 2013, at 9:04 AM
  • My blogs will be a little slow for the summer. I have been working on the house and sorting things.

    Thank you for the comments. I learned a few things too about care for the flag.

    -- Posted by KH Gal on Mon, Jul 8, 2013, at 11:44 AM
  • TundraRat

    The American Legion holds a flag burning ceremony every year. They held one a couple weeks ago in Carl Miller park. They burned 500 big flags and about 300 small flags. You can donate the flags to the legion. They plan on putting a donation box outside the War Memorial Hall one of these days.

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Mon, Jul 8, 2013, at 1:03 PM
  • MSM,

    Thanks for the info, I was aware that the American Legion does flag retirement ceremonies from time to time but I have been using these as an oppoutuinty to educate some young people. I've got a couple left and hopefully they can be used to continue educating some young folks.

    -- Posted by TundraRat on Wed, Jul 10, 2013, at 8:22 AM
    Brenda Fincher, Bus. Mgr., MHNews
    We do the same thru the Elks Lodge. It is a very important lesson I think even down to the flames/fire going out on its own and the burying of the ashes. We make sure our grandkids understand the significance of this ceremony and history and tradition. We also have an annual Flag ceremony with all the different flags over the years and a story and quite moving presentation. I have watched this many times over and it still gets me each year. We involve local Girl Scout Troops and to me it is teaching respect as well as it being educational to our youth of today. Thank you too for keeping the lesson alive and going.
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