Daughters of the American Revolution: Old Bute chapter ‘unfurls’ flag as topic of discussion
In recognition of national holidays observed during the summer months, Susan Dunbar Floyd, hostess for the May luncheon held for the Old Bute chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, spoke about the U.S. flag.
She mentioned Memorial Day, recognizing everyone who has sacrificed their lives since 1776 for the freedoms U.S. citizens enjoy, and Independence Day, acknowledging those striving to preserve “on Nation under God.” In addition, despite not being observed as a holiday, she reminded attendees that June 6 was the 69th anniversary of D-Day.
Floyd, in regards to Flag Day (June 14), she read from portions of the Flag Code, particulary Section 176 (J): “The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart”; and (K): “When the flag in such a condition is no longer a fitting emblem for display it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” She reminded attendees that the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars can assist with a flag’s proper disposal. She also encouraged members to display their flags every day.
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Ruby J. Lassiter, during the National Defense Report, expressed concern about the gradual deterioration of our rights and freedoms from various political forces.
The Nominating Committee will present its report during the next meeting (in September).