Pausing for the Pledge

Hagerstown honors Old Glory on Flag Day

Hagerstown honors Old Glory on Flag Day

June 15, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS


Hagerstown officials took a moment Wednesday morning to honor the stars and stripes in celebration of the 229th anniversary of the American flag.

"Flag Day is for one flag, our national flag ... Old Glory," said Rusty Baker, commander of AMVETS Post 10.

As part of the 27th annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance, members of Girls Inc., led about 25 people in the pledge at University Plaza.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II used the occasion to announce his plan to alter the plaza in time for next year's Flag Day.


"I'm going to push to have at least a 40-foot flagpole there," he said, "and a plaque dedicated in honor of veterans."

Three organizations have said they are willing to help fund the flagpole, Bruchey said.

"The flag is the No. 1 recognized symbol of this nation. We had to honor that symbol," Bruchey said.

Glenn Trumpower, past commander of William D. Byron Post 1936 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam veteran offered tips on proper care of the flag.

"After Sept. 11, (2001) a lot of people were patriotic, flying the flag more than they ever did," he said. "What hurt me was people didn't know how to display the flag."

Colleen and Ted Garringer of Hagerstown fly an American flag at their home and listened to Trumpower's words about caring for the flag with interest.

"We need to light our flag," she said.

Colleen Garringer said Flag Day is a day that is often overlooked, so they always respect the Flag Day ceremony.

Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance is a national movement, recognized by Congress, that encourages all Americans to pause for a moment on June 14 to say the thirty-one words of the pledge.

Flag care tips

Burning flags is the proper way to dispose of them. The VFW and Boy Scouts hold ceremonies to dispose of flags.

If flags are flown at night, they must be illuminated.

When displayed with other flags on the same flagpole, the American flag should be at the top.

The flag should be displayed so that the union (blue rectangle with stars) is at the top. Displaying the flag upside down is a distress signal.

The flag should never touch anything underneath it.

Never use the flag in advertising.

Source: Glenn Trumpower

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