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The Daily Flag News—April 19, 2007

The news for today is lighter than usual, but still refreshing in nature.

Raising the flag in Santa Rosa CountyI appreciate the time people take to teach grade schoolers the importance of patriotism. Officer Donnie is a mentor for these kids, showing respect for more than just the American flag. He is showing them respect for the United States and life. Good stuff!

Fifth graders help raise flag at OBES

“Patrol with Officer Donnie” which is a program where students from first grade to the fourth grade go on school patrol with him. They do things like walk the halls and check for unlocked doors. He also started the flag raising service.

Two fifth grade students are chosen by their teachers to assist him in raising the flag every morning. During this service, the flag is respectfully raised and the group says the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

Here is a WOW! story from Naples Florida. Many VFW Posts offer similar programs, but I haven’t read any stories about 50 flags every three days deposited in the receptacles. This is a great idea and I wish more locations were available to flag fliers. This might be a great project to take on in cities nationwide. How about it?

On the Town: Showing — and disposing of — the American flag

For Flags OnlyRules for properly disposing of American flags are important. It’s disrespectful to just toss an old flag into the trash. Marco’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370 has an easy way for us to dispose of our flags. Just take them to the red, white and blue box near City Hall.

The former mailbox is clearly marked, “Used Flag Deposit.” Drop your flag into the slot and be assured that the VFW members will handle it with dignity and respect.

U.S. Flag Code states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Having spent many of my years in small towns, I appreciate that the City of Gilman is willing to spend $572 to outfit their lightpoles with U.S. flags. In a town with only thirteen lightpoles, $572 is probably not a small portion of their annual budget. Hats off to Gilman, Illinois.

Iroquois County Times-Republic: Gilman to get new U.S. flags

During Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day and other patriotic holidays this year, the City of Gilman will display American flags in the business district to honor area veterans.

The city council approved the purchase of flags during a previous meeting, but discussed the cost and placement of flags in a meeting last night.
City Clerk Shelly Fancher said she can purchase a set which includes the flag, a pole for the flag and a bracket kit to attach the pole to the lightposts along the street.

She said the sets cost $44 each and the city would need 13 to fit every lightpost with a flag, for a total of $572.

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