To the editor:

Many of us use special days to remember to do certain tasks. We change batteries in smoke detectors when we switch to daylight savings time, perhaps we replace the tattered and faded “old glory” each Memorial Day with a new version of our country’s emblem. Each Flag Day, Post 95 of North Conway American Legion collects old, tattered, faded and otherwise damaged U.S. flags so they may be disposed of in a dignified manner.

Flags will be collected at the post, at 116 Kearsarge Road in North Conway from 9 a.m.-noon, on Flag Day, Friday, June 14.

Flag Day is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wis., Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as “Flag Birthday.”

Flag Day — the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 — was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

The Flag Code of the United States states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Steve Woodcock

Legion Post 95

North Conway

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