Long may the American flag way

Editorial: Pause to reflect on the US flag on Wednesday

Editorial: Pause to reflect on the US flag on Wednesday

Flags deemed "unserviceable" are burned in ceremonies each year on Flag Day, June 14.

A reading of the poem "I Am the Flag" and the playing of "Taps" ended the ceremony honoring America's most recognizable and respected symbol.

Surprisingly, a lot of customers do come to The Flag Store on Flag Day, to buy an American Flag and the nice part, they are all made in the U.S.

For me, the United States flag represents freedom and our nation's commitment to achieving many challenging goals.

"It's an opportunity to thank the veterans because they'll always stop and talk to you", Moffitt said.

State Rep. Jim Boyd of Bradenton was among those attending the flag retirement ceremony Wednesday, and expressed his sadness and shock over the shooting to Gary Tibbetts, special assistant to Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. It will later be disposed of properly. "I am glad the Boys Scouts brought their concern to my attention so I could resolve it", stated Cate.

Roy Hart's Flag Day ceremony has evolved over the years, according to Pedini.

Green said that having to present the flag to survivors is emotional, as are the history of the flag and stories about it. Hardesty read the line about the field of blue and placed that section of the flag in the fire before inviting the VFW and members of the audience to place sections of other flags in the fire as he concluded the poem.

"Essentially, in a dignified way, we're going to burn these old flags, which is one of the recommended proper way (s) for disposal of old flags", Ticknor said.

The Jemima Boone DAR Chapter honored those who have given to preserve our freedom by celebrating Flag Day at the Madison County Courthouse on Wednesday morning.

The American Legion post on Ingalls Avenue has held a Flag Day ceremony for as long as Post Commander Andy Hinch can remember. Each one was sponsored, many by family members, and the cost was $6 for the flag and $4 for the placard. But the banners at Liberty Flags aren't just any flags.

"Sometimes, persons don't look back at the source documents and the ideals and turmoils that we have gone through to get where we are today", Lee said.

It is recommended to fly the flag on two occasions other than Flag Day.

"The Brave" and "American Heart" were new additions to the ceremony. It is also a day that reminds us of what the American flag stands for.

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