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Five Fast Facts about Flag Day

June 13, 2011 at 1:13 a.m.

Flying high over the Victoria County Courthouse, the flag of the United States will be celebrated June 14, as established by President Harry S. Truman in 1949.

The unwavering red, white and blue flapping flag at the top of flag poles across America is celebrating another monumental birthday Tuesday.

The staple of American freedom and patriotism, which has evolved over time, will turn 234 years old.

The Continental Congress approved the design of the national flag in 1777.

For Joe Talbott, the flag is a symbol of everything he has ever believed in.

"It's very important," said the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4146 commander. "We call it Old Glory. It's a symbol of our life, the symbol of a veteran's life. That's what we fight for: ... the flag, the United States."

Troy Howard, a 74-year-old Air Force Veteran with the Korean War Veterans, will lead a Flag Day ceremony at the VFW Post 4146 on Tuesday.

These are some of Howard's tips about flag etiquette:


The American flag should always be flown to the right of any speaker. This shows that the flag is superior.

Some people, but not all, are aware of what to do with a flag once it is tattered and worn out. Anyone who has an old American flag should give it to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4146, the American Legion or any other organization that holds flag burning ceremonies.

When the flag is displayed horizontally either on a flag pole or a wall, the stars should always be on the top and to the left. "There are a lot of people who don't know their flags, but you learn. I learned a lot of mine in the military," Howard said.

It may be obvious, but a flag should never be used as a napkin or a rug. It should only be used in the most respectful way.

If a flag is being displayed outside at night, it should always be illuminated in some way. Howard has his on a flag pole and has it illuminated by a street lamp.



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