GILBERT, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – This weekend, patriotism is flying high. American flags have been flying off the shelves. But on dreary days like this, should your flag even be outside?
The American flag soars high in the sky, thanks to the sacrifices of our Veterans.
“That’s what we fight for,” says James Greer, Army Veteran.
But when the stars and stripes are disrespected….
“That really hurts the Veterans. Hurts the American people also,” Greer adds.
In rain, sleet, or any bad weather, especially with whipping winds, you should always bring a flag inside. Fold it properly and store it in a dry, safe place.
“A lot of men and women have put their lives to protect that flag. It’s very sacred and important,” says Robert Calcavecchia, American Legion Post 927 Commander.
The next time you buy a flag, Veterans are asking you to check the tag to make sure it was made in America.
Worn, torn, or faded flags should always be replaced with a new one. In the process, make sure it doesn’t touch the ground.
“Also, when you do fly several flags, the United States flag is always the highest. You never had any other flag above it,” Calcavecchia explains.
Veterans say it’s respectful to install a light at the base of a flag pole. That way the red, white, and blue illuminates at night.
“In the military, you respect the flag as probably the number one thing there is,” Greer says.
If you have a worn or torn flag, it should be respecfully burned and not thrown away.
On June 10th, the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert will host a Flag Retirement Ceremony. Anyone can bring in their flag, which will be properly burned.