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Memorial Day: A Time for Fun and Remembrance

memorial day flag AmericaWASHINGTON, DC – They will be burning the American flag across the country this Memorial Day weekend—not in protest but out of respect.  It’s the proper way of disposing of a flag that is no longer in a condition to be a fitting emblem.

“It is improper to display a tattered, weather worn flag.  It should be disposed of, preferably in a formal ceremony conducted by organizations such as the VFW [the Veterans of Foreign Wars],” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.  “However, an individual may privately dispose of an unusable flag as long as protocol is followed.”

The ceremony involves the proper folding of the flag and its placement atop a well-supervised fire hot enough to ensure its complete destruction.  The ritual includes showing respect by saluting during the disposal process and/or reciting the pledge of allegiance.

Weber says that “there is no particular day when the disposal procedure takes place.  But, in many parts of the country it has become part of the Memorial Day celebration.  Perhaps it is because the flag helps to remind us why we observe the holiday.”

According to the VA a total of more than 150,000 service men and women have lost their lives in all the military campaigns since World War II, including Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars as well as the continuing Global War on terror.

There are more than 19 million veterans among us, including 620,000 of the 16 million who served our nation during World War II.  They are living memorials, each and every one of them, of the valor and gallantry of all who have served in the military throughout our country’s history.

“Most of us will be out playing with our kids and grandkids this weekend.  We’ll probably eat a little too much.  We’ll catch up on the latest doings of our neighbors, friends and family members.  We’ll be busy celebrating the non-official beginning of summer.   Is it too much to ask that we take a few minutes to bow our heads in tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for us?  And, perhaps, you may want to say a little prayer for the safety of those who are in service today,” Weber suggested.

 

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Kim

My heartfelt thanks to all who lost their lives in service to this country.
I’m going outside right now to clean the back windshield of my truck, and to put up the new flag sticker I received after making a donation to a veterans organization.

Marcia Rusterholtz Emerson

There seems to be fun attached to everything we do today, apparently even going to college. I like fun, probably more than I should, but I wish we would all spend more time in prayer and reflection on Memorial Day. My father fought in WW2,Korea,and Vietnam. He sacrificed a family life to fight for his country. I wish I had thanked him before it was too late. I think about it often and wish I had been more aware in my youth.

Joe from MO

The only official guide for flag etiquette is in Title 4 of United States Code Chapter 1. Note the VFW, not the American Legion, and not the “boy” Scouts. Originally known as Decoration Day, this holiday has changed over the years from Southern tradition of family gatherings to honoring all War Dead after WWII. Know your history.

Binyamin Efreom

How about returning to the original day… May 30th… along with more focus on its’ origin; to commemorate the sacrifice of Union soldiers to preserve the Federal Union and end the institution of slavery! Far too much commercialization and treatment as just another three day holiday.

Gary

I don’t like to be so blunt, but if the liberals win the mid-term elections we may be the last generation to know what freedom really is because we lived it. It will then take on a twisted definition that resembles some form of evil, and will be taught in K-12. If you find it repulsive for your great- grandchildren to think of you as a terrible person, then stand up and help right this ship before she turns turtle!

Gloria P. Sterling

i took mine to an American Legion post. It’s the best way to do it. I wanted to stop a car on which the flag was flying and the ends were very tattered and raggedy and tell him to have it destroyed properly and replaced. There are too many people in this country who are no longer taught flag etiquette. It is not supposed to be worn as clothing, but everywhere one turns, there are shirts and other clothing on which is displayed. Too many don’t even realize, or just don’t care, that one is to stand with hand on heart when it is passing in parade.

KSMelody

When I was a kid I was taught a flag should never be burned. A worn flag was to be buried.