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Reminder: Check flags for wear
June 09, 2011 Jerry Purvis   

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A boy scout demonstrates the proper way to dispose of a tattered flag

Strong winds over the Memorial Day weekend may have caused some damage to flags that were flying, so the public is urged to check their flags for wear and tear.

“Our windy conditions can take a toll on flags,” said John Brehm, Scotts Bluff County Director of Veterans Services. “When they become torn and shredded, they need to be disposed of properly.”

Brehm said people can bring their damaged flags to his office in the county administration building or to the VFW Post on the Scottsbluff-Gering Highway for proper disposal.

“A lot of the Boy Scout troops also want damaged flags,” he said. “They’re used to teach Scouts proper flag etiquette. They also learn the ceremony that goes into flag disposal.”

Brehm said many flags in Scottsbluff that were flying during Memorial Day were damaged due to the winds and about 30 of them will need to be replaced before they’re next used on Flag Day.

The public is urged to display their flags on this Flag Day. In a proclamation to commemorate the day, Nebraska Gov. David Heineman said, “It is our love for the American Flag that we recognize today, it is our visible bond that binds our heart to our country, our pride in our past, and the eternal hope, which is our future as Americans.”

Brehm said his office also distributes copies of the booklet “Etiquette of the Stars and Stripes” to high school students attending County Government Day. It covers flag history, proper ways to display the flag, procedures for folding the flag and other considerations.

More information on flag etiquette is available online at: www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html
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