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The Daily Flag News—April 24, 2007

Many locations collect American flags for proper disposal. Today’s news includes one in Battle Creek, Michigan and one in Carlsbad, New Mexico. If you have a worn flag needing retirement, check with local officials, the VFW and American Legion, or a Scout troop for help. They can point you in the right direction.

Collection sites, formal flag retirement set for Flag Day | Battle Creek Enquirer – – Battle Creek, Mich.

BattleCreek MI Flag CollectionWould you like your old, worn American Flag retired properly? Pam and Steve Parr at Justice Fence welcome you to come by Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and leave your flag in their collection basket. “I have a couple of flags I didn’t know what to do with, so we’d be glad to serve as a collection site,” Steve Parr replied when asked to participate. Justice Fence is located at 1267 East Columbia Avenue in Battle Creek, or you may call at (269) 964-1596.

Collection sites are also available in Albion at Albion Ford, in Marshall at Darlings Hardware and Herman’s Hardware, and in Battle Creek at M-66 Auto Body & Frame and Henkel Lincoln Mercury for your convenience.

All the flags collected through this Calhoun County Republican Women’s Association (CCRWA) project will be properly retired on Flag Day, June 14, 2007 at Centerline of Calhoun County.

Here’s the Carlsbad story.
Carlsbad Current-Argus – Proper flag retirement ceremony follows U.S. Code

carlsbad.jpgCARLSBAD — Burning the American flag in protest is highly frowned upon but so is throwing a worn, frayed, faded and tattered flag into the trash.

What will not get people into trouble is the proper burning of the flag as a means of retiring it. In fact, there is a special ceremony followed by the Boy Scouts of America and some veterans’ organizations to mark the retirement of worn flags.

On May 19 — Armed Forces Day — the Eddy County Marine Corp League Detachment 678 will hold a flag retirement ceremony in Artesia, and is asking county residents and businesses to turn in their old flags that will be retired during the ceremony.

Various essay contests have been featured on The Daily Flag over the last few months. This winner, a fifth grader has a wonderful view of the U.S. flag and what it means. You really need to click over and read the essay. It’ll be good for your soul.
The Citizen, Auburn NY

Matthew J. Drake, son of Paul and Sally Drake, won the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Owasco Chapter’s Flag Essay contest.

He also placed third in the New York state contest out of 139 chapters. Matthew’s essay was submitted to the state flag chairman along with many others throughout the state.

Matthew is a fifth-grader at Owasco Elementary School.

Marian Maniscalco, the Owasco chapter flag chairman, said this flag essay encourages creativity in thinking and writing in young students.

I’m not sure what to say about this news story, but felt compelled to share it with you. Cooperation between these two groups is astounding, and the project is interesting.
Cooperation: Jews, Arabs make flag out of 64,000 corks – Israel Culture, Ynetnews

Cooperation: Jews and ArabsIn honor of Independence Day, Akko’s municipal youth council initiated a project which will bring the city’s Arab and Jewish communities together. After long months of planning and preparation, a huge flag – made of 64,000 corks – now hangs on the walls of City Hall.

The giant flag was the focal point of the city’s preparation for Independence Day celebrations. It was prepared by Jewish and Arab children and retirees with the assistance of the city’s community centers.

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