Veterans: American Flag is a symbol of our country
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
As this Fourth
of July weekend comes to a close many folks will be taking down their patriotic
items including flags. Some veterans are stressing the importance of what the
American flag means and how to properly take care of it.
On Independence Day weekend, more American flags are flying than
usual. Some Albany citizens say the flags should be seen as a symbol and not
just a decorative cloth.
"We tend to fly more flags on those holidays. But every day
is Flag Day as far as I'm concerned," said Marvin Mixon, American Legion
Recently a picture was published showing the American flag hanging
incorrectly. Vietnam veteran John Griffin says more care should be taken when
displaying the flag. He says the only
time a flag should hang upside down is in a time of distress.
"It's not just the military service. It is the symbol of this
country and the things that this country provides for us. But in turn we need
to provide for this country," said veteran John Griffin.
Mixon at the American Legion says the flag should never touch the
ground and should always stand taller than any other. Mixon says thereare options to if a person wants to
give away a flag.
"The only way to properly retire a flag is to burn it or bury
it. It should not be wadded up and thrown in the trash can," said Marvin
John Griffin hangs his flag on his porch often.
"I put it out when the weather is good. I try to take it down
when the weather is bad. I take it down at night because it's not lit. It's not
an icon or idol. It's just a symbol of this country," said John Griffin.
A symbol of those who have sacrificed their lives for our liberty
The American Legion says if anyone has a flag they want to get rid
of, you can drop your flag off and they will properly dispose of it by burning
the flag and burying the ashes.