Just as our military service men and women are recognized and buried respectfully when they pass away, so is the flag of our country. Today many flags were disposed of for Flag Day.
Veterans of the Idaho Falls area came together today to dispose of some American flags.
“We don’t just throw them in the trash, we treat an old flag like we do an old veteran, with a lot of respect, we take the flags and we go through a solemn ceremony, retire the flags and then commit them to the fire” said Commander of the local American Legion Post Robert Skinner.
Every year hundreds of flags are disposed of in the Idaho Falls area alone.
Flag Day has become a very important day for many of our veterans.
“The flag is extremely important especially for those who’ve served, it’s the symbol of our country, and when you’re in a foreign land fighting for our country and you see the flag it really really makes you proud to be an American” continued Skinner.
The American Legion Post says if a flag is tattered and beyond repair then it’s time to retire it; but many flags can be saved with just a little sewing.
“Take care of your flag because we’re awful proud of it when we see it” said Skinner.
People can bring their beyond repair flags to the American Legion Post at any time during the year.