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Spring Cleaning? Include your American Flag!

Brought to you by David Anchel - Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too! - FLAG, BANNER, and KITE INSIDER -

ELMER'S FLAG & BANNER, KITES TOO! - David AnchelSpring is an exciting time of year in the Pacific Northwest. The rains recede and the sun comes out. Everyone opens their windows and mows the lawn. As you're working on your garden and getting outside again, check the condition of your American flag.

"Flags can become ubiquitous and sometimes people don't see them anymore, until it's well past the point where something should've been done," said Dave Anchel, owner of Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too! "But the American flag should be treated with respect."

If you're curious about U.S. flag etiquette--for example, where and how to fly it--the United States Flag Code (www.usflag.org) is a good place to start. But for spring cleaning purposes, the most pertinent stipulations of the code are: "The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary", and "When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner."

If you purchased your American flag at Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too!, they will repair the fly end for free for the lifetime of the flag (they'll also repair flags purchased elsewhere, for a small fee). And if your flag has reached the end of its lifespan, bring it in to Elmer's for retirement at no charge. Elmer's will take your flag to a crematorium and burn it respectfully. Don't forget to buy a replacement!

Elmer's Flag & Banner, Kites Too!

1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

(503) 282-1214

www.elmersflag.com/