Editorial: Get those flags ready
In Craig and Moffat County, we love America.
We love its ideals of free market capitalism and self-sufficiency, of resilience, of sacrifice and compassion for the downtrodden.
There are many great patriots in our community who were shaped by hard work and sacrifice. Some are younger and leaving our small community to serve in the armed forces. Let us pray for their safe return. Some have already served in the military and make this community great by their volunteerism and work ethic. Some gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Craig community will always remember all those who’ve served in our armed forces.
That’s why now is as good a time as any to remind our friends and neighbors to dust off and unfurl those American flags in time for several upcoming holidays and observances celebrating our armed services.
Armed Services day is May 18, followed by Memorial Day the weekend of May 27. Memorial Day is perhaps the most somber of holidays honoring our military men and women as it celebrates those who were killed while serving in the armed forces.
Craig Rotary Club will be adorning Yampa Avenue and Victory Way with a small army of American flags in an annual celebration of the city’s patriotism. You might even get to help as the local Rotarians are looking for volunteers to help put the flags downtown for all to see.
The local VFW will hold its annual Memorial Day flag-laying ceremony at Craig’s cemetery honoring the fallen in conjunction with the local American Legion.
Flag Day isn’t far behind on June 14. Then there’s our July 4 holiday with a parade and the local VFW’s July 4 picnic.
All these holidays and events have one thing in common — the need for a fresh American flag.
While waving our tattered, faded front porch flag is better than not waving a flag at all, older flags need to be retired by knowledgeable patriots whose flag retirement ceremonies are the proper way to dispose of our American flag instead of the trash can.
The local Boy Scout Troop near you would be willing to take your flag and retire it respectfully. So, too, does Craig’s local VFW hold a flag retirement ceremony meant to respectfully dispose of our nation’s colors. Just head to the VFW and place your flag in a box located by the VFW flag pole. The VFW will hold their flag retirement ceremony June 14 for Flag Day.
Once you’ve successfully relinquished your flag for retirement, it’s time to get a new one. But there’s also an opportunity to get one for free. Craig’s MJK ACE hardware store is giving its first 240 customers a free American flag on Saturday, May 25.
However you show your patriotism for these upcoming holidays, please remember to do it safely.
Also remember to respect the American flag and those whose sacrifice gave us the freedom we all hold dear.
What often begins as a hobby to pass the time by creating something appealing to the artist or appealing to the eye, to the ear, something tasty or something — anything, can often flower into a real source of income that can help working families in rural economies like ours.