Citizens who love and care for their flag realize there will come a time when it must be retired.

If Old Glory is unable to be repaired or is too worn or tattered, then the revered symbol of our nation demands the highest level of respect and should be disposed of in a respectable manner.

According to the U.S. Flag Code: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

This Friday, on Flag Day, from 9 to 10:30 am, the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library at 4820 Leonard Street, Cape Coral, will be participating in the time-honored tradition of properly disposing of the nation’s colors.

This solemn, dignified event will include the American Legion Post 90 Color Guard and Honor Guard who will present colors and offer a 21-gun salute.

Other participants will include the Cape Coral Fire Department, who will bring a vehicle for tours; the Cape Coral Police Department, who will bring a SWAT vehicle and K-9 units, as well as a fingerprinting station for children. Boy Scout Troop 777 will be collecting serviceable flags for retirement.

Inside the military museum, a brunch can be purchased from 10 until 11:30 a.m. and the museum will be open for tours until 5 p.m.

Dennis Stebbins (239-940-1401) is a point of contact for the event.

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