By Terri Wiebold; additional information provided by Douglas County
For more than 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation’s strength and unity. It has been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens, and we celebrate Flag Day on Tuesday, June 14.
The United States Flag Code states the universal custom is to display the flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open, and when a patriotic effect is desired the flag may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. Also, the flag should not be displayed when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed. The flag should never have any mark, word, insignia, letter, number, figure or drawing of any kind placed on it or attached to it. The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything. When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object.
Once an American flag becomes faded or torn, it is considered disrespectful to continue flying it. When a flag is ready to be retired, it is tradition in the United States to burn that flag. Flags ready for disposal may be dropped off year-round at the Douglas County Veterans Affairs Office located at 301 Wilcox Street in Castle Rock. For additional information, call 303-663-6200 or visit www.douglas.co.us/community/veterans/.
The Douglas County Veterans Affairs Office, along with Eagle Scout candidate Camden Meyer and Lone Tree Boy Scout Troop 628, will conduct an official American Flag Retirement Ceremony at 5 p.m. on June 4 as part of Larkspur Settler Day at Larkspur Community Park, 8850 Spruce Mountain Road.
For additional information about Larkspur Settler Day, visit www.larkspurhistoricalsociety.org.