Respect old flag by retiring it properly

In these most patriotic of times it has been wonderful to see Americans flying our flag in all its glory. Please remember that proper care of the American flag is important. Not only is it important that we hang the flag correctly, we need to retire it with honor and respect.

Now that the weather is turning and the days are getting shorter please consider taking in your flag. Most flags are not meant to be out in the weather and it is hard to provide proper lighting required for flying the flag after sundown.

The Girl Scouts of South Snohomish County want to help you retire your damaged flag in a dignified manner. If your flag is faded, or tattered and torn, please take it to one of the following fire stations: Station 11, 12310 Meridian Ave. S., Everett; Station 12, 12011 19th Ave. SE, Everett; Station 13, 13611 Puget Park Dr., Everett; Station 21, 16819 13th Ave. W., Lynnwood; Station 22, 20510 Damson Rd., Lynnwood; Station 23, 4323 Serene Way, Lynnwood; Station 18, 3900 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace, or Station 19, 23204 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. We will be collecting the flags during November and December.

The Girl Scouts are planning ceremonies in which they will retire these flags with the honor and respect they deserve.

LINDA OTTO

Girl Scout Volunteers

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