Safety, etiquette reminders for 4th

Dear editor,

On July 4, 1776, the signers of the Declaration of Independence boldly asserted that all are "created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

With these words, our forefathers formed a new nation and put forth a vision of liberty and democracy that would forever alter history.

Every Fourth of July, Americans celebrate this pivotal moment in our history, which set into motion the development of a land of freedom and opportunity unequalled in the world.

VFW Post 4009 and its Auxiliary want to remind everyone about 4th of July Safety. Typically most people plan family get togethers and outings, along with setting off or watching fireworks. Make sure that an adult is present at all times when children are using any type of fireworks.

If you are going to be outdoors, be sure to stay hydrated during the heat. Be sure to use sunscreen to prevent sunburns. Be sure to remember all your safety rules during the Fourth of July week-end. There are many ways to have fun on the holiday and practice safety at the same time.

We would also like to remind you to fly your flag for the Fourth of July and remind you of a few flag rules. The federal flag code says the universal custom is to display the U.S. f lag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open, but 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 U.S. flag should not be displayed when the weather is inclement, except when an allweather flag is displayed.

Other flag etiquette reminders are:

• Do not let the flag touch the ground.

• Do not fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.

• Do not carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.

• Do not use the flag as clothing.

• Do not store the flag where it can get dirty.

• Do not use it as a cover.

• Do not fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.

• Do not draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.

We wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Marjorie Menzel VFW Auxiliary President Thorndale

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