To the editor: It is that time of year again, summer, with Memorial Day, the purpose of which is to memorialize and honor the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, leading the way with a four-day weekend. Soon to follow will be June 14, Flag Day, when many organizations will hold flag retirement ceremonies, and followed up with July Fourth, Independence Day, America’s birthday.
Many residents and businesses fly our county’s flag throughout the year. It is a good feeling to see the pride we take in our country and the pride we show visitors.
At Eielson Air Force Base they will be entertaining many visitors from other countries. To those visitors, we may well represent more than just ourselves. It is time to look at these flags and see whether their condition warrants retiring. If so, replace them, as there is no more beautiful flag in the world than the United States flag waving in the breeze. Let us show our pride in our flag.
The United States Flag Code gives information for the flag retirement process or, if you wish, drop them off at the North Pole VFW Post 10029 as well as any of the other local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legions posts, along with most Scouting units. They would be happy to retire it for you.
You and your family are welcome to come and observe a flag retirement ceremony at most organizations.