Chris Stark: Respect the stars and stripes | Letters to the Editor


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If you are displaying our country’s flag at your home or business, please research: see if it is ragged, faded, matted, or otherwise displayed incorrectly. If it is to be replaced, it must be destroyed in a dignified manner.

Several sources, such as www.va.gov, have flag label information and proper disposal. Some American Legion stations have convenient drop boxes for used American flags. There are also banks that can accept them for veteran groups or boy scouts who can hold a ceremony to remove Old Glory.

This “living symbol”, as defined by the federal code, is entrusted to our care to honor those who fought and died for it and to express our love for the country.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” deserves respect – not just on certain holidays or during National Flag Week (June 13-19, 2021) marking the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777.

We the people of Wisconsin can be proud that a teacher at Waubeka Elementary School, Bernard J. CiGrand, hosted the first official Flag Day celebration in 1885 at Stony Hill School. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We must follow CiGrand’s example in promoting patriotism and instilling respect for the Star Spangled Banner, starting with children.


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