Retiring old flags, and YAY! Flag Day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 is Flag Day. Let’s show Delco how it’s done!

color guard on horseback

Let’s Show Delco Our Colors


The US Library of Congress tells us the legend of the flag, which all Townies should know by now: It’s said that George Washington approached Betsy Ross (a seamstress) to sew up a flag. This was in June of 1776, a month before the Declaration of Independence was to be announced. We imagine good old Betsy had to tell the rest of her clients to GFY for that month. Having a rush job to make an entire new flag for a new country that would undoubtedly go to war soon was probably a bit stressful. Anyway, it got done. And how shrewd of old George to know a flag would be needed before the big day. It’s almost as if the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing, eh?IMG_1335 copy

There have been 27 different versions of the US flag. The current one we have was established in 1960, after Hawaii was the 5-0 State of the Union. We’ll probably see more states added in our lifetime, namely Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands or others. We always thought 52 stars would be nice, as it would match a card deck. The US was such a huge gamble in the beginning. A card deck is fitting, in a way.

House in H-town Flag and HalloweedSomeone in HavertowniesHQ direct area flies a flag that is tattered and torn. This is a big no-no. Let’s all display nice, intact flags this Tuesday. No stains, rips or shreds. New flags are sold everywhere and they aren’t that expensive. Also, if flags are flown at night, they must be lit up like the Fourth of July. Let’s make an effort. The flag is for everyone, not just the crazies. Let’s win the most-flags-out-on-flag-day (non-existent) prize. Maybe we can get some good press in The News of Delco. We might not be the la-dee-dah safest township in Pa but we’re a civil rights, life, liberty, pursuit-of-wine-sales-in-Giant loving bunch, despite our political differences. Can we all just stick out one little flag on Tuesday? Let’s do it.

The scouting troops in the area and the VFWs take old flags for retirement. Those groups will cut and burn them (cutting renders it “no longer a US flag) and then bury the ashes, or they will fold it properly in that magic triangle shape and bury it. You can do these things, too, at home.

On Wynnewood Road in Narberth by the park there is a flag receptacle bin (an old US Post Office box, restyled). You can drop your old Old Glory in there if you happen to pass by there (at 25 miles an hour, of course, because… Narberth is a little picky about their precious speed limit. And stop signs. They like ginormous stop signs at that park).