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DO YOU HAVE AN OLD FLAG THAT HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS?
Flags that are no longer serviceable may be dropped off at the Veteran's Building.
In front of the hall, next to the memorial bench is a well marked, converted mailbox to retire your flag in.

I AM "OLD GLORY"

                                                                            


I Am Old Glory: For more than ten score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans. Born amid the first flames of America's fight for freedom, I am the symbol of a country that has grown from a little group of thirteen colonies to a united nation of fifty sovereign states. Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American Faith my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions. Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage. They have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity. They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men. So long as men love liberty more than life itself; so long as they treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers; so long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.

Originally written by Master Sergeant Percy Webb, USMC.

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(Click Flag to hear National Anthem)

Hello, Remember Me?


Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your Flag, the Flag of the United States of America. Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you, because it is about you and me.
I remember some time ago people lined up on both sides of the street to watch the parade and naturally I was leading every parade, proudly waving in the breeze. When your daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that the hand was directly over his heart. Remember?
And you, I remember you. Standing there straight as a soldier. You didn't have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with her right hand over her heart. Remember?
What happened? I'm still the same old flag. Oh, I have a few more Stars since you were a boy. A lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago.
But now I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I come down your street, you just sand there with your hands in your pockets. I may get a small glance and then you look away. Then I see the children running around and shouting; they don't seem to know who I am. I saw one man take his hat off, then look around. He didn't see anybody else with theirs off so he quickly put his back on.
Is it a sin to be patriotic any more? Have you forgotten what I stand for and where I've been? Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. Take a look at the Memorial Honor Rolls sometimes, of those who never came back to keep this Republic free. One Nation Under God, when you salute me, you are saluting them. Well, it won't be long until I'll be coming down your street again. So, when you see me, stand straight, place your right hand over your heart and I'll salute you, by waving back, and I'll know that YOU REMEMBERED!

~~Author Unknown

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VETERANS RIGHT TO SALUTE BILL

On July 25, 2007, S.1877 was the first of two bills to be passed by both houses of congress amending the U.S. Flag Code
to allow for honorably discharged veterans and active duty service members to salute when out of uniform.
Below are the details of those changes. However in short, the government recognizes the right for all veterans and active duty to
render a full military salute to the flag when raised, lowered, passing in parade or during the National Anthem.
SALUTE PROUDLY, IT IDENTIFIES YOU AS A VETERAN and YOU EARNED THE RIGHT!


PL 110-181: Veterans may now render the military salute to the flag.
U.S. Government Printing Office Web Site ^ | 28 Jan 2008 | United States Congress
Public Law 110-181, Section 594:
SEC. 594. CONDUCT BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS OUT OF UNIFORM
DURING HOISTING, LOWERING, OR PASSING OF UNITED STATES FLAG.
Section 9 of title 4, United States Code, is amended by striking ``all persons present'' and all that follows through the end of the section
and inserting the following:
``all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not
in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand
over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.
Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the
moment the flag passes.''



Veterans may now  also render the military salute during the National Anthem.
Section 171 of Title 36 Chapter 10, is amended to state the following:

PL 112-90 Sec. 301. National Anthem
 -STATUTE-
 (a) Designation. - The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
 (b) Conduct During Playing. - During a rendition of the national anthem -
     (1) when the flag is displayed -
        (A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem
and maintain that position until the last note;
        (B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render
the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
        (C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right
hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left
shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
     (2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

Click here to get the official dope from a Marine who knows!! (YouTube Video)

Click here for Astronaut Buzz Aldrin's VetSalute website!

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"That grimy rag became our symbol of freedom"


John McCain (AZ) tells the story of a U.S. Navy pilot named Mike Campbell, who was captured after being shot down over Vietnam. He was confined at the Hoa Lo POW camp, or the Hanoi Hilton, as it has become known.
As the weeks wore into months, Campbell knew that he and his fellow POWs needed a constant reminder of home and the ideals they were fighting for. To that end, he began gathering bits of twine and string from the compound and a grimy old handkerchief he picked up from a gutter that ran under the prison wall.
Fashioning a needle from a piece of bamboo, Campbell began the tedious job of sewing a U.S. Flag inside his prison tunic, where it would be hidden from the sight of the enemy, but kept close to his heart. After months of scrounging, and hour upon endless hour of sewing by the light of the moon -- because to do such a thing was forbidden -- the flag was finished.
Quietly and secretly, Campbell removed his tunic, displayed the flag sewed inside, and he and his fellow POWs saluted it and pledged their allegiance to it. It reminded them of home. It reminded them of their loved ones. And it reminded them of the country that they loved.
Early one morning a Vietnamese guard caught a glimpse of Campbell's flag. Campbell was dragged away and interrogated. Throughout the day, his fellow POWs heard his screams of agony as the Vietnamese tortured him and beat him without mercy. Finally, they dragged him back to his cell, and there they dumped him -- unconscious, bloodied and beaten.
His comrades treated his wounds as best they could -- they had no medicines -- and there was little they could do to relieve his agony. He was badly broken; even his voice was gone.
Yet, less than two weeks later -- late in the night -- his comrades saw Mike Campbell huddled in a corner, eyes swollen nearly shut, pulling tiny bits of twine through his tunic with a bamboo needle.
Piece by piece, and stitch by stitch, he was turning the inside of his black-pajama shirt red, white and blue.


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When to Fly the Flag

NEW YEAR'S DAY, January 1st
INAUGURATION DAY, January 20th
LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY, February 12th
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY, 3rd Monday in February
EASTER SUNDAY, (variable)
MOTHER'S DAY, 2nd Sunday in May
ARMED FORCES DAY, 3rd Saturday in May (POW-MIA Flag Also Recommended)
TRADITIONAL MEMORIAL DAY, (half-staff until noon), May 30th (POW-MIA Flag Also Recommended)
Observed Memorial Day, (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May (POW-MIA Flag Also Recommended)
FLAG DAY, June 14th (POW-MIA Flag Also Recommended)
FATHER'S DAY, 3rd Sunday in June
INDEPENDENCE DAY, July 4th (POW-MIA Flag Also Recommended)
LABOR DAY, 1st Monday in September
PATRIOT DAY, (half-staff all day) September 11th
CONSTITUTION DAY, September 17th
COLUMBUS DAY, 2nd Monday in October
NAVY DAY, October 27th
NATIONAL POW-MIA RECOGNITION DAY, Third Friday in September (POW-MIA Flag Highly Recommended)
VETERAN'S DAY, November 11th (POW-MIA Flag Also Recommended)
THANKSGIVING DAY, 4th Thursday in November
CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25th
ANY DAY YOU WISH IN-BETWEEN! (POW-MIA Flag Also Recommended)

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THE BASIC RULES OF FLAG ETIQUETTE

      The flag may be flown 24 hours a day as long as it remains illuminated.

      If the flag is not illuminated it should only be flown from sunrise until sunset

      The flag should be taken down during inclement weather so that it does not get wet.

      When lowering and storing the flag, it should not be allowed to touch the ground.

      On a pole, the flag's field of stars should be on the top. An upside-down flag signals distress -- or governmental protest.

      When displayed with other flags, the Stars and Stripes should occupy the center and highest point.

      On a dais or pulpit, the flag should be placed to the right of the speaker or minister.

      When the flag is no longer fit to display, (torn, frayed, faded, etc.) it should be destroyed in a dignified way -- not simply thrown away.

      When the flag passes in a parade, observers should stand and salute it by placing their hat, if covered or their right hand over their heart.
         If a veteran or active duty, in or out of uniform, a full military hand salute should be rendered


      When a flag is flown at half-staff to signify mourning, it should first be hoisted briefly to the top before being lowered again.
        The flag should be hoisted again to the top before being removed.


      On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-staff only until noon, then raised to the top.

      If the flag is displayed during the national anthem, everyone should face it and salute.

      The flag should not be used as a drape at the unveiling of a statue or monument.

      A flag may be used to cover the coffin at a funeral, but it should be removed before the coffin is lowered into the ground. It may be used again after
         the funeral.


      The POW MIA Flag is authorized to be flown below or beside the American Flag.

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CONDUCT DURING HOISTING, LOWERING, OR PASSING OF THE FLAG

During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review,
those present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may
render the military salute.
All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart,
or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.
Citizens of other
countries should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.

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THE TRADITION OF THE FLAG and the 13 FOLDS

This is a tradition regarding the meaning of the 13 folds that it takes to fold the flag
This is a tradition that is in keeping with the American spirit and should be perpetuated as such.
Numerous veterans organizations as well as others use this to conduct a very moving flag folding ceremony that is worth seeing.

1. The first fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

2. The second fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense our country to attain peace throughout the world.

4. The fourth fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as times of war for His divine guidance.

5. The fifth fold is a tribute to the country. For in the words of Stephen Decatur; "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.

6. The sixth fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is the Armed Forces that protect our country and our flag against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of men and women who have made this country great, has been molded.

10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

11. The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrew's eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

12. The twelfth fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies in the Christian's eyes God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

13. The thirteenth fold or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nations motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

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Learn More:

Flag Rules and Regulations

Red Skelton on the Pledge of Allegiance

Flag Etiquette on ushistory.org

Our Flag and it's history (A lesson on what it means in a story by Mike Dalka)

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DO YOU HAVE AN OLD FLAG THAT HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS?
Flags that are no longer serviceable may be dropped off at the Veteran's Building.
In front of the hall, next to the bench is a well marked converted mailbox to retire your flag in.

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