Happy Flag Day!
This stretch from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July is like the "holiday shopping season" of flags, Tom Culumber of the Marine Corps League said in my Readers' Reporter column today. If you're one of the many out shopping for a new American flag, the Marine Corps League is holding a flag retirement ceremony at 6 p.m. Monday, June 28, at the Elgin VFW Watch City Post 1307, 1601 Weld Rd.
Other organizations collect and retire flags -- preferably by "burning in a dignified manner" -- throughout the year. Click the links below to find the chapters closest to you and ask about their flag retirement programs:
Why retire the flag? Check out the U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1--The Flag. For instance, did you know the flag never should touch anything below it? Although if it does, it's an urban myth that the flag code says a flag that touches the ground should be burned.
-- Emily McFarlan, Readers' Reporter