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Veteran’s Hotline: Helpful reminders on proper flag etiquette

Ed Wilkinson

With the Homecoming Parade coming up, here is a reminder and some general information about flag protocol:

• When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers.

• When other flags are carried, the flag of the U.S. may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right.

• When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.

• To salute, all people come to attention.

• Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute.

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• Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present, but not in uniform, may render the military salute.

• Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder with a hand over their heart.

Points to ponder

What opportunistic country declared war on Japan five days before its surrender in 1945?

Answer: The Soviet Union.

What U.S. war broke out the same year the federal government first printed paper money?

Answer: the Civil War.

What was the first war the U.S. took part in that was partially financed with lottery dollars?

Answer: The Revolutionary War.

What did the enemy have to be for a U.S. soldier to call him a "believer" in the Vietnam War?

Answer: dead.

Patriot Day

On Dec. 18, 2001, President George W. Bush designated Sept. 11 as Patriot Day.

This is an annual observance to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died Sept. 11, 2001, during the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa.

On the direction of the president, the U.S. flag should be displayed at the homes of Americans, the White House and all U.S. government buildings throughout the world.

A few steps you can take to make the most of this important day of remembrance are flying the American flag at your home Sept. 11 and, if possible, flying the flag at half-mast in remembrance of those who died.

Observe a moment of silence at 6:46 a.m.

Light a candle in memory of those who died on 9/11 as a way to celebrate Patriot Day.

Telehealth reminder

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as onsite nursing support and remote practitioner availability.

The goal is to provide an extensive array of healthcare services to veterans in a setting that is both accessible and professional.

To appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic cannot handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins are still on-going for veterans currently enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

Tele-psych available

Veterans can now get tele-pysch services at the Craig Community Telehealth Clinic. All they need to do is call 263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for their mental health visit to be done there.

If there are any questions, contact Jayne Scribner at VAMC Grand Junction via phone or e-mail.

Her e-mail address is

Honor Flight in October

Another Honor Flight is being arranged for Oct. 5 and 6 for Western Slope World War II veterans. Anyone interested in going can find applications in my office.

For information on these programs and/or other veterans' benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. (west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot).

Call 824-3246 or use the fax 824-7108. Our e-mail address is

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Other times can be arranged by appointment only.

Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.

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