LONG?BEACH — “When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.”

Boxes of tattered, ripped and worn out United States flags were put to their honorable end last Tuesday as part of the national observation of Flag Day.

Joining American Legion posts from Ilwaco and Raymond and Peninsula VFW this year was the Long Beach Elks Lodge, who also hosted the event. This seems only fitting, since it was the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks who in 1907 designated by resolution that June 14 be the annual day of observation. The Elks gave a presentation on the various versions of the national symbol before giving over to the Legion, who then performed their inspection and disposal of old flags that had been collected from throughout the community.

“They have reached their present state in proper service of tribute, memory and love,” reads the script recited by Legion Commander Dick Wallace. “It is a precious symbol of all that we and our comrades have worked for and died for.”


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