How to show your patriotism on Flag Day
There are three weeks until the Fourth of July, but if you can’t wait til then to celebrate the Stars and Stripes, we have another patriotic holiday for you.
Veterans from American Legion post 90 and the Southwest Florida Military Museum honored torn and tattered flags the best way they knew how — retiring them by burning them.
Veteran Dennis Stebbins spent 21 years in the U.S. Army. He started out as a medic in Vietnam from 1969-1989.
Stebbins says they collect 500 to 700 flags a year, and the ceremony is important because many don’t know how to properly retire flags.
Veteran Nicholas Napolitano says, “The way they should be retired is to a fire or crematory. That is why this was done today.”
“The American flag — a lot of people don’t know how to respect it properly. We’re trying to educate the public,” Stebbins added.
For the many veterans who wore the American flag on their uniform for years. They’re reminded of the freedoms they fought for.
“It makes you proud to be an American,” Stebbins said. “You know, a lot of our brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice to their country deserve to have the flag respected properly and it’s a way of saluting them at the same time. ”
The perfect salute to a fabric full of meaning.