The first day of summer is right around the corner, US Flag day is coming up on June 14th and the Fourth of July is not far behind. Wow, these months really fly by, don’t they? Anyway, I was inspired today to pick up a crisp new US flag for our house. The new one looks nice, but I’ve been stuck trying to figure out what to do with our old one.
Well a little Google action and a call to Barrington’s Village Hall took care of that problem. Google took me to the “Flag Code” page at USFlag.org which says that “The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.” OK – stop there – I’m not a mender. I struggle with sewing buttons. So I can’t see myself mending our weathered and rusty old American Flag. Then the code says, “When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.” OK – stop there – I’m not going to burn our old American flag! It feels disrespectful and, with my luck, I’d burn our whole house down. It goes on to say, “Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service”. Well I called the Barrington Village Hall. They told me there’s a flag drop-off box by the Veterans’ Memorial on the southwest corner of Cook and Main Streets in downtown Barrington. Thank you. Problem solved! God Bless America.