Caring for America’s flag

Published 6:48 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012

To the Editor:
Do you know what to do with a tattered American flag?
Many times I’ve seen an American flag (symbol of our country) flying while tattered and/or in shreds. We often take our flag for granted and sometimes need to be reminded that it deserves respect and appreciation and proper care.
For disposal of worn American flags, American Legion Post 250 in Tryon conducts a ceremony on Flag Day to dispose of American Flags properly.
In high winds, we can take down the flag to avoid the “shredded effect.” If we choose to fly our flag 24/7, we need to light it during hours of darkness.
We have in Columbus the only House of Flags Museum in the U.S.  If you want to light your flag, the Museum sells solar powered lights in their gift shop. The gift shop also has flags available for sale if your American flag needs replacing.
The House of Flags Museum is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On Saturdays, it is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If you have a group, they can arrange a special tour on another day.
Call Robert Williamson at 864-982-3925, Bob Lair at 704-562-9208 or Paul Sutherland at 828-817-3783 for more information.
– Judy Lair, Columbus