Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

June 12, 2014

American Legion to honor Flag Day with flag retirement ceremony June 14


CROSSVILLE — “Just a piece of cloth,” some have called it. “Merely a symbol,” other have sneered. “Enough of the flag-waving,” a few have complained. Some people just don’t get it. They do not understand that the American Flag is not representative of every grievance or gripe that they hold against the federal government. Nor, should the flag of the United States be blamed for problems that have long plagued humankind.

Ninety-one years ago, the American Legion chaired a national flag conference in Washington on Flag Day 1923. Representatives of the American Legion and 68 other patriotic, fraternal, civic and military organizations gathered at Memorial Continental Hall for the purpose of drafting a code of flag etiquette. They were enormously successful.

Saturday, June 14, is Flag Day and a day to stand proud and honor the American flag.

When a flag of the United States of America is torn, faded or otherwise damaged, it is retired from flying and is disposed of by burning in a ritual of respect. American Legion Post 163 will hold a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the post on South Main St. The public is invited to attend.