Honor, pride, patriotism and tradition

ART Christian Flag and US Flag

HOUSTON – As America moves faster and farther from many of the principles of its founding fathers, there are still people who hold onto honor, pride, patriotism and tradition.

Members of the Houston Pilot Club, VFW and American Legion have invited the community to gather at Joe Brigance Park at 5 p.m., June 14 for a Flag Retirement ceremony.

“It’s Flag Day and it’s the perfect opportunity to observe this holiday,” said Cara Chisolm, of the Houston Pilot Club. “We’ve been doing this for years and it really has grown into a very special event for our town and our country.”

And Chisolm said it is the perfect day and opportunity to buy a new flag and display it with pride.

“There is a proper way to dispose of a flag,” said Chisolm. “We have put out boxes around town where you can drop off old flags.”

Businesses and locations in Houston where old flags may be dropped off are:

• Chickasaw Journal.

• BancorpSouth

• Regions Bank

• Houston Banking Center.

• Griffin Motors.

• Pearson’s Discount Drug.

• Houston Carnegie Library.

• Houston City Hall.

• Rex Sanderson Law Office

• Chickasaw Development Foundation.

“Respect for the flag and what it represents is the key,” said Chisolm. “We even have a special spot at the local VFW post where we respectfully dispose of the ashes.”

Flag day commemorates the adoption of the Flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.

While Flag Day is not a National Holiday, it was declared a national day of observance by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. On Flag Day, the President calls on government officials to display to flag of the United States on all government buildings and encourages private citizens to do the same.

In the past as many as 50 flags have been gathered to be part of the retirement ceremony.

The Houston tradition was started by the late Billy Peel.

“It has grown into something special for us,” said Chisolm. “We will have a brief ceremony and will have the Missing Man Table set up.

“It doesn’t last long and we urge people to make plans or just stop by on their way home from work,” said Chisolm. “It’s just one of those events that makes Houston a special place to live.”

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