Long May She Wave
Long May She Wave
The American Flag gets a reaction from most Americans when she waves. Old Glory is recognized by most children because they see it displayed at their schools and in their classrooms. Veterans are reminded of their sacrifice of service to the nation when they see it. But how do these and other Americans react to a worn, torn, or dirty American Flag?
The United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10. Patriotic Customs covers most situations regarding details of the American flag. Section 176 – Respect for Flag, specifies that “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.”
Similar laws apply to the State Flag of Texas (Subchapter D, Section 3100.151) and add that “retirement of the state flag be a public ceremony under the direction of uniformed personnel representing a state or national military service or a patriotic society.”
Look around. If you see flags that are no longer serviceable to honor all that the American flag and the Texas flag represent, please replace them with fresh, new flags. And donate the unusable flags for retirement.
The Sons of the American Revolution, Collin County Chapter, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, John Abston Chapter of McKinney and General Bernardo de Galvez Chapter of Allen will hold a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The event, open to the public, will be at 2 PM at Gabe Nesbitt Park on El Dorado Parkway in McKinney. There will be a Color Guard to present the colors, musicians will sing patriotic songs, and one American flag will be retired in a moving and informative ceremony. Local children, many of whom are members of the Children of the American Revolution and Boy Scouts, will assist.
If you have flags to retire, call Don Babbs, 972.540.9033, or Linda Wilcox, 214.504.9557, to arrange for your donation.
Better still, wear red, white, and blue and join the group for a patriotic event.