Caring for the red, white and blue

The United States flag flying in the breeze is a patriotic sight, and many homes and businesses in the community fly the red, white and blue. While it may be impressive when the flag flies in its full colors, when it is neglected and allowed to become faded, worn and torn, it is time for the flag to come down.

Flag Day is celebrated today, June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The Flag Resolution stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the 13 United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” 

The nation’s flag today holds 50 stars representing the 50 states of the union and 13 stripes, alternating red and white, representing the original 13 states.

For anyone who flies the flag at a home or business, now is a good time to be sure it is in good condition – colors bright and no tears. 

If the flag in disrepair, the local military museum can assist. Simply remove it from the pole and deliver it to the collection receptacle at the North Louisiana Military Museum, 201 Memorial Dr., in Ruston. The flags are disposed of following proper flag etiquette.