Frontier workers hand out flags for 'Flag Day'

Frontier workers hand out flags for 'Flag Day'

Sharing and learning a part of history on Flag Day is what inspired scout leaders to hold the ceremony.

Today's national observance of Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag and should serve as a time to fly it with pride and keep in mind to treat it with respect, the commander of local American Legion said.

They also touched on the proper way to dispose of a torn or tattered flag. Many people in the United States honor Flag Day by displaying the American flag at homes and public buildings. Michael Bowman, a Boy Scout with Troop 103, said that a flag may also be hung on a wall, as long as its hung straight. "If we don't respect the flag, and treat it in a dignifying manner, the country is not going to be respected around the world".

Today is Flag Day which marks 240 years since the adoption of the United States flag.

Old flags can be dropped off at the American Legion Post 301, at 3652 Oakwood Ave.in Austintown, and VFW Post 4237, located at 4150 Mahoning Ave.in Austintown. "It is our symbol of freedom, that's who we are", stated Commander Nolan Burns of American Legion Post 11.

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"It represents the entire history of our country", he said.

Charlotte Zakharian, Liberty Flags' owner, takes pride in knowing every flag she sells is American-made down to the threads.

Weatherford's local American Legion branch, Post 163, burns thousands of flags each year for Flag Day, Hale said.

When a flag is too worn out to be flown, it should be disposed. The order is then given to place the flags into the burn area, although the burning was postponed this time because of high winds.

At Liberty Flags, Zakharian said anyone buying a new flag can hand over an old flag to be retired. After being taken down, but never to touch the ground, retired flags are traditionally burned in a ceremony highlighting respect, dignity, and honor.