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Wave that flag on June 14

June 10, 2014 

June 14 is Flag Day, a day celebrating Old Glory, our national emblem.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the flag should be displayed in all public buildings, according to www.usflag.org.

“Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916,” states www.usflag.org. “While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President (Harry) Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.”

One of the most asked questions about the flag is what to do when it becomes torn or faded. When the flag is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Contact the local VFW chapter and ask them to assist you. Or you can contact your local Elks Lodge, Boy Scouts, or Knights of Columbus.

I get goosebumps every time I hear “The Star-Spangled Banner,” especially the last line: “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

Be a flag waver!

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