First National Bank of the Rockies hosts Flag Day

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In honor of Flag Day, Craig's First National Bank of the Rockies will be holding its annual ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

The VFW Post 4265 will conduct the ceremony, as the bank retires its flag and raises a new one.

Local law enforcement officers, Mayor Dave DeRose, the City Council and county officials and representatives from the U.S. Navy and U. S. Air Force will be in attendance at the event.

The public is encouraged to attend.

"The VFW does the ceremony of lowering the flag and when they fold it, it's a very special, very emotional ceremony," said Jeanette Ridenour, the new accounts representative of First National Bank of the Rockies. "Every fold in the flag is representative of something."

However, Ridenour, who founded the ceremony in 1998, said Flag Day is about much more than raising a new flag.

"It's of course to honor Flag Day, but it's also to bring about the recognition of what our flag stands for," Ridenour said. "The flag is a symbol of our freedom. It represents more today then ever before. If you think about it from the very beginning, back to July 4, 1776, the flag has stood because men died to make it stand."

Ridenour hopes young people in the area will attend the event.

The flag is a symbol of us and what we stand for," she said. "And our youth are not educated in that way. If you're not a Boy Scout or Girl Scout, you don't know about the flag and what it stands for. I would love, if nothing more, than to bring about the education of that symbol. That is why we are recognizing Flag Day."

Ridenour also urged people to use caution when displaying the flag.

"People need to be careful about how they are displaying the flag," she said. "We had this burst of patriotism after September 11 and everybody has flags flying all over the place. But very often, you'll see them flown incorrectly. People don't know how to fly it and they don't know how to properly display it. If you're going to fly a flag in front of your house or if you're going to hang a flag, there is a certain way to do it."

For that reason, Ridenour said the VFW would be distributing educational flag information at the June 14 ceremony.

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