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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

Fairfield community salutes Flag Day

By ANDY HALLMAN | Jun 17, 2013
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN Becky Jaeger hangs an American flag outside Wagon Wheel Senior Housing Friday morning in honor of Flag Day.

The Fairfield community, along with the rest of the United States, celebrated Flag Day Friday.

Wagon Wheel Senior Housing hosted a Flag Day ceremony Friday morning in its parking lot. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2271 auxiliary president Joyce Countryman presented a flag to Wagon Wheel site manager Becky Jaeger and the Wagon Wheel residents.

Jaeger put the flag on a light pole north of the building during the ceremony. Countryman read the poem “I am your flag.”

Jaeger said putting the flag on the light pole is not ideal since it’s not a proper flagpole and because it’s not at the top of the pole. However, she said one good thing about it is that it will ensure the flag is lit at night. Jaeger said she’s glad Wagon Wheel residents finally have a flag outside their building since they had wanted one for quite some time. She said many residents wish to add the State of Iowa flag.

Those interested in learning proper flag care can visit the American Legion’s website at www.legion.org. The website lists a few common misunderstandings the public has about flag etiquette. One of those is about who can order a flag to be flown at half-staff. The flag code states that this privilege is reserved for the president of the United States and the state governors.

The website says another popular myth is that the flag code prohibits the display of flags with fewer than 50 stars. According to the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry, the United States flag never becomes obsolete. Any officially approved American flag, irrespective of the number or arrangement of the stars and/or stripes may continue to be used and displayed until no longer serviceable.

Other misconceptions about the flag code include what to do with the flag after it touches the ground and whether or not it can be washed. The flag code states the flag should not be allowed to touch the ground. However, the flag can still be used if it touches the ground and does not need to be destroyed. There is no prohibition on washing the flag.

The code states the flag should never be dipped to any person or thing and should only be flown upside down as a distress signal. The flag also should not be used for any advertising purposes and should not be printed or impressed on articles such as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.

 

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