LONG BEACH — The American flag flies above public places and in front of residences, and over time, flags become faded and worn, and perhaps tattered. This is the time to replace them with bright, new flags to fly proudly. Dick Wallace, the commander of the Don R. Grable American Legion Post No. 48, states, “When flags become unserviceable, the American Legion performs an annual respectful ceremony to provide for the disposal of worn flags in a dignified manner, so that the flags may be honorably retired from life.”

At 4 p.m. on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, behind the Elks Lodge, next to the post office at Washington and 2nd North in Long Beach, members of the American Legion Post #48, the Elks (B.P.O.E. 1937), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will observe Flag Day. There will be a short program honoring the flag and American Legion members and a Coast Guard Honor Guard will perform the Ceremony for the Disposal of Unserviceable Flags. Any members of the public who have worn and faded flags that should be retired with respect may bring their flags to the ceremony or take them to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, any fire station or to the Long Beach City Hall. The flags will be picked up on Wednesday, June 13, in preparation for the ceremony.

The public is invited to the ceremony, which will be followed by cookies and coffee or juice. If you have questions, please call Post Commander Dick Wallace at 642-4188, or Auxiliary President Connie Soditus at 665-6626.

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