Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

June 14, 2013

Retirement ceremony set for Flag Day weekend


Today is Flag Day and locals will have an opportunity this weekend to take part in an official flag retirement ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2399.

In addition to proper display etiquette, flag disposal involves specific customs, which will be implemented during Saturday’s ceremony.

The retirement will coincide with a senior health fair at the post, which is located at 1400 S.E. VFW Street in Mineral Wells.

“Citizens that come can either sit there and watch or participate and actually retire flags,” said Jane’t Fisher, the post’s administrative manager.

Ceremonies will be held at 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. The VFW’s Senior Health Fair will continue until 6 p.m.

On its website, http://www.vfw.org/Community/Flag-Education/, the VFW offers the following etiquette tips to remember this Flag Day:

• The U.S. flag should be flown at peak, above any other flag.

• When grouped with other national flags, it should flown at its own right and at the same height.

• Marchers should always carry the flag at their right – the observer’s left.

• When displayed with a speaker’s platform, it must be above and behind the speaker; and, if mounted on a staff, it should be on the speaker’s right.

• Flags should not be used for decoration.

• Individuals in uniform should render a military salute while members of the armed forces not in uniform may choose to do the same. Everyone else should stand at attention facing the flag with their right hand over the heart. Hats may be removed with the right hand and held at the right shoulder, so the hand remains over the heart.

• The flag’s stars should face either north or east – depending on its direction – when flying over a street.

• It is flown at half staff on Memorial Day until noon.

• The flag should never touch the ground and should not be flown upside down except in the case of an emergency.

• Never cary the flag flat or with items inside of it and it should never be used as clothing.

• Do not store flags where they can become soiled and never draw on or otherwise mark the flag.

• The flag should not be fastened or tied; it should always be allowed to fall freely.

When disposing of a flag, the VFW lists the following rules:

• The flag should be folded customarily and placed on a fire large enough to consume it.

• Individuals present can salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and observe a moment of silence.

• The fire should be extinguished upon its consumption of the flag and ashes should be buried.

• Always remember to obey local and state fire ordinances.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • David May named Index general manager-editor

    David May, a veteran newspaper executive who served 10-½ years as editor of the Mineral Wells Index, has been appointed general manager and editor of the newspaper, effective immediately.

    April 18, 2014

  • Social media part of PD’s varied arsenal

    Criminals seem to like bragging online of their misdeeds.

    April 18, 2014

  • Martinez cross.JPG Safe, but not home yet

    "Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come... Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." – 1 Timothy 4:6 and 12.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_2415.jpg Baker 4B town hall meet set

    For those on the fence about the 4B election coming up on May 10, the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “townhall” meeting on April 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mineral Wells High School in the cafeteria.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo


    Mineral Wells  — Henry Ford is quoted as saying that, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

    April 17, 2014

  • wheelchair1.jpg Gift of a chair improves a life

    On most days, Richard Calandini's dog Cricket likes to ride with him to get the mail from the mailbox.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • TxDOT addressing traffic at 1821/180 intersection

    Ever since Wal-Mart Supercenter came to town, things have never been the same.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jenny Phil and Babe.jpg Jr. History Club meets

    Junior History Club of Mineral Wells met at Holiday Hills Country Club for their monthly meeting.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Marshes.jpg Marshes onboard with Baker comeback

    Ever since the Baker Hotel's final closing, the center of “main and main,” has been rotting out.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • hazmat3.jpg Truck rollover dumps flammable liquids

    A tractor-trailer rollover on southbound U.S. Highway 281 sent the truck's driver to the hospital and resulted in a spill of more than 5,200 gallons of combustible petroleum distillates into a ditch.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads

Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.