This letter has two parts. The first is for those wonderful people who fly the American flag on a daily basis, and for those who put the Stars and Stripes out on holidays and special events. I’m certain most of you are aware of the United States Flag Code. It establishes the advisory rules for display and care of our national flag.

One of the most respectful rules is the destroying of tattered, torn and faded flags. When the American flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner. The most common and preferable method is by burning.

American Legion Post 6 has a drop box on the east side of the building designated for unserviceable flags. We receive flags from all over Laramie County, as well as other cities near Cheyenne. Each year, we destroy thousands of flags as a way of showing our esteem, love and respect for Old Glory, and for the men and women who died defending it.

As a special request, we ask our citizens to take a close look at their current flags and make certain they are in great condition. If they need to be replaced, please do so immediately. It is very disheartening to see faded and shredded American flags flapping in the Wyoming wind.

The second part of this letter is to thank the people who assist us with this vital, ongoing mission. Without them, we would be scrambling to find a proper and safe location to burn the flags.

Post 6 thanks the men and women of F.E. Warren’s fire department. They stepped up when we needed them and have aided us with the honorable burning of the flags. We thank the following men who recently helped us: Brian Bartow, Ken Bradley, Dustin Garland, Brock Dornbusch and Ralph Mesidor.

The American flag is more than just a piece of woven or felted fabric made from wool, cotton or a similar fiber. Each thread entwines us with our history and with each other.

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