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      Flag etiquette

      The American flag is a reminder of this country's history and who we are as a nation.

      Scott Etelamaki, OIC of the 107th Battalion, says when you have a flag, fly it at the highest level, facing forward.

      "If you're going to keep it posted, whether it's on a flag post or on the porch, you're supposed to have it lighted. So during the night the flag would be illuminated with a light to show and be proud of it as it's being displayed," said Etelamaki.

      It's not meant to be used as clothing or draperies.

      During National Anthems, face the flag with your right hand over your heart.

      Kristie Faulkner writes: "What's frustrating is people who do not stand up and show respect for the flag during ceremonies and during parades."

      When it's really torn and faded, it needs to be decommissioned. Take it down without letting it hit the ground, fold it to form a triangle. The best way to dispose of it is dropping it off at any veterans' center.

      Ron Pearson with the Veterans Legion says on Flag Day, they will have a proper ceremony and then burn tattered and torn flags.

      "If you do it on your own or just throw it in a fire pit or something like that, it's not really good respect for a flag. It doesn't give its last final rights like a burial. In other words, you respect a flag right up to the time it's no longer serviceable," said Pearson.