Give your aged flag a dignified end on June 14

Janet and Dick Filion raise the flag that flies in front of their Peninsula home every day.

"You're a Grand Old Flag"

You're a grand old flag.

You're a high flying flag

And forever in peace may you wave.

You're the emblem of

The land I love.

The home of the free and the brave.

Ev'ry heart beats true

'neath the Red, White and Blue,

Where there's never a boast or brag. S

hould auld acquaintance be forgot,

Keep you eye on the grand old flag.

-George M. Cohan

One of the stirring phrases George M. Cohan wrote is "neath the Red, White and Blue." The Continental Congress defined the symbolic meaning of the colors as white for purity and innocence; red for hardiness and valor; and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice. Congress first authorized the United States flag on June 14, 1777, and this date is now observed as Flag Day throughout America.

On Flag Day June 14, the American Legion Don R. Grable Post No. 48 in Ilwaco and members of the Coast Guard at Cape Disappointment will conduct a Flag disposal ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Legion Post in Ilwaco. Contact American Legion Comrnander Mauri Smith at 665-6445 with questions. The public is urged to attend the solemn ceremony, with refreshments served immediately afterward.

Flying the flag shows pride in our country and in our troops who are deployed around the world. Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Don R. Grable Unit No. 48 in Ilwaco appreciate those individuals and businesses in our Peninsula communities who fly their flags on a daily basis.

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