Letters to the Pilot

Monday, April 21, 2003

Respect Old Glory


In the past years there has been a resurgence of patriotic pride. The U.S. flag can be seen flying everywhere to indicate a symbol of unity, to remember the men and women serving in our military and to remember those who have died for our country. Many individuals asking questions about proper flag etiquette have contacted the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and we appreciate their questions.

To assist in displaying our nation's symbol, I would like to share a few guidelines:

* A Flag displayed on a car should be fastened to the right side bumper, antenna or to the window.

* lf displaying a flag on a wall, the blue field should be in the upper left corner and it should never touch the ground.

* When displaying an all-weather flag outdoors, 24 hours a day, there should be a light near it at night so it is not in complete darkness.

* Above all, when the flag becomes worn, please replace it. For additional flag etiquette information, visit the VFW web site at www vfw.org or contact your local Post Commander.

VFW Post 6172 will be conducting a Flag Retirement Ceremony. Please drop off your torn or faded U.S. flag at the Veterans Affairs Office in the lower level of the Buena Vista County Courthouse on Loyalty Day, Thursday, May 1, through Saturday, June 14.

You may purchase a new flag there also.

Remember Old Glory has been flying for more than 226 years and will be flying for many, many years in the future. Thank you for showing your patriotic pride.

God Bless America!

Jon Ites,

Commander of Post 6172

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Alta