The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Camanche

June 14, 2012

Flag Day observed at Camanche ceremony

CAMANCHE — Camanche Veterans of Foreign War will be honoring Flag Day with a special retiring-the-flag ceremony today.

A flag will be symbolically burned at Camanche’s Rose Hill Cemetery at 5 p.m.

“We started the event as a way to celebrate Flag Day and a way to educate the public,” VFW Commander Glen Williams said.

This is the second time that VFW Post 9664 will host the event and they hope to continue the tradition into the future, according to Williams. The event is put on by the VFW with the help of the local American Legion branch. Flags are burned in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.

Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923 there were no federal or state regulations governing display of the United States Flag, according to USFlag.org.

It was on this date that the National Flag Code was adopted by the National Flag Conference, which was attended by representatives of the Army and Navy. This changed procedures for them along with some 66 other national groups, according to the website.

This code is the guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes, but it does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States Flag. There aren’t any laws against the misuse of the flag currently, according to Williams.

 At the end of the day, it’s all about respect, according to Williams. The Flag Code may be fairly tested: “No disrespect should be shown to the Flag of the United States of America.”

Therefore, actions not specifically included in the Code may be deemed acceptable as long as proper respect is shown.

Individuals, businesses and organizations may drop off flags at the VFW any time. Flags not used in the ceremony will be sent to Gettysburg Flagworks, a company in East Greenbush, N.Y., for their Stars for Our Troops Program. This program takes old, tattered and worn American flags and cuts out the stars to be sent with a card to American soldiers at home, on base or overseas.

Clinton’s flag-burning ceremony will take place on Veterans’ Day.

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