KIMT News 3 – The fourth of July is one of the most patriotic holidays we celebrate, however it’s important to remember that the day is about more than just celebrating a long weekend with family and friends.
Hundreds of veterans in the area have fought for our independence and this Independence Day, they’re asking folks to remember the sacrifices they have made over their years of service.
As a veteran of two deployments, a wartime mission to Iraq and a peacekeeping mission in Egypt, Brett Schmidt tells us he always looks forward to the Fourth of July, but says folks need to remember what it’s all about.
“We are here to support your independence,” he says, “so please support us back.”
Many show support by thanking a vet or, by flying a flag, but Schmidt says it’s important to know how to fly your flag and be respectful of its symbolism.
Eagle Scout and now, Boy Scout troop leader David Grooters has devoted much of his life to understanding proper etiquette for the flag.
He says there are a couple of things to remember heading into this weekend, and the main one, it to be respectful.
According to www.usflag.org, a website dedicated to educating and informing the general public about the history, care and meaning of the flag, this patriotic symbol should not be used as a part of a costume or athletic uniform.
It should also not be used as drapery unless it is properly hung with an appropriate flag pole, and another thing to remember is that flags that are worn and tattered should be taken down and replaced.
It might be a lot to remember, but Grooters says they are all easy ways of showing appreciation for those who have sacrificed so much.
For more information on flag etiquette, visit the U.S. Flag website.