Lipinski Introduces Flag Day Resolution in House, Calling for Proper Retirement of American Flag
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3), in advance of Flag Day this Friday, has reintroduced a resolution in the House supporting the respectful and dignified disposal of worn and tattered American flags. As we approach Flag Day, Rep. Lipinski also is reminding his constituents that his offices in Orland Park, Lockport, Oak Lawn, and Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community accept flags throughout the year for proper disposal.
“The American flag stands for freedom and democracy at home and abroad, providing a window into United States history and government and accompanying our men and women in the armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice to their final resting place,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Flag Day is a reminder of the power of the flag and our responsibility to not only display it, but care for it. I am proud to once again offer this resolution honoring Flag Day and to provide an important service by seeing that old flags are properly retired.”
According to the U.S. Code, “The flag, when it is in such a condition that is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be retired in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
Third Congressional District residents who wish to dispose of their old flags can take them to any of the congressman’s offices listed at lipinski.house.gov, or call 312-886-0481 for more information. An annual tradition in Rep. Lipinski’s district is the emotional flag retirement ceremony hosted by Chicago Ald. James Balcer (11th) in the Chicago Stockyards industrial district. Last year, Rep. Lipinski and Ald. Balcer officially retired almost 7,000 unserviceable flags collected from residents, buildings, and drop boxes.
Rep. Lipinski’s resolution, introduced today, calls on members of Congress to promote public awareness of flag etiquette, including the correct disposal of the American flag. The resolution, H.Res. 261, urges House and Senate members to work with groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Boy Scouts of America to aid in the “respectful and dignified disposal of worn and tattered American flags in their districts and among their constituents.” Cosponsors include Reps. Mark Amodei (NV-2), Mike Michaud (ME-2), John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-2), and Spencer Bachus (AL-6).
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14, 1917, as a day to commemorate the adoption of the American flag as the official national symbol. Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day in 1949, asking citizens to display American flags in and around their homes.
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