Recycle your worn out US Flag at the Rehoboth VFW

The VFW in Rehoboth Beach, located on State Road near the intersection with Rehoboth Avenue southbound has been an integral part of Rehoboth Beach for many years.  During the summer the VFW hosts shrimp night on Friday nights that are open to the public and many of Seachange’s vacation guests visit each year while they are on Vacation.

The other day, the flag at our office got ripped from the winds blowing off the ocean and we were afraid that it would touch the ground.

For an American it is disrespectful to our wonderful country to let the flag touch the ground. Since the flag is a symbol of our freedom in the United States, we treat it like a person the proper way to rid of a flag that has touched the ground is to bury it. If you have ever heard the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem, there is a part in it that says

“And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

The American Flag is a symbol of our PROUD, FREE COUNTRY, so we do not want it to touch the ground since it is considered sacred.

Being that we walk on the ground, it is disrespectful for our pride, the American Flag, to be put on the ground. This leads back to the 8 Colonies that united under the Gadsden Flag with the ‘Do not tread on me’ rattle snake flag (a political cartoon drawn by Benjamin Franklin in 1751), the present 13 red and white stripes representing the 13 colonies, and the words “Don’t Tread On Me”. The Gadsden flag was flown in 1775 by the 1st Marines during the start of the Revolutionary War by the Marine Committee lead by Continental Colonel Christopher Gadsden representing his home state South Carolina. Pride is to be held high for everyone to see, not put on the ground to be walked on.
This is all true. It’s worth noting that in the British army touching the flag to the ground was a way of saluting the king. Not something a patriot would ever do with the US flag. It’s considered disrespectful for the American flag to touch the ground.

One of the few places to take your tired flag is the VFW.  When I went over to the VFW I noticed that they had a red, white and blue mail box that you can drop off your flag.  Very convenient and a great way to protect our flags to end of their useful life.  To the left is an image of the mailbox.

We at Seachange Vacation Rentals support our veterans and active duty military members.  The service that they have provided and are now providing are instrumental to all of the freedoms that we Americans enjoy.  To recognize service past and present, we encourage all of our owners to offer a military discount on vacations.