Memorial Day and the memorable anniversaries of D-Day and the Declaration of Independence — not to mention the 150 years since the Civil War — we are in a season of remembrance of great events in American history.
There is, though, another significant date coming up, and that is Flag Day, on Thursday.
As the symbol of the nation, the flag of the United States should be displayed with respect, and not in a torn or soiled condition.
“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the U.S. Flag Code.
American Legion posts and other patriotic organizations annually hold flag retirement ceremonies.
In honor of Flag Day, we urge those displaying the flag in public places, businesses or private homes to check the condition of the flag, and if needed replace it with a new and proper emblem of America.