On this day in 1777, Congress adopted the stars and stripes as the flag of the United States. Americans have honored our flag every year since President Woodrow Wilson established June 14th as Flag Day.
The thirteen stripes and fifty stars fly high above every community. They've been an American symbol for hundreds of years through good times and trying times.
American Legion Post 375 Commander August "Red" Viehweger said the flag is also a reminder of those who have fought for our freedoms and shouldn't be taken for granted.
That includes taking care of "Old Glory" and retiring her when she's faded and torn. The post collects worn out flags throughout the year and has dozens they'll retire in a ceremony Saturday.
"We respect the flag, as veterans. We don't want to see it torn. We don't want to see it on the ground. We don't want to see it burned. We want to see it taken care of in a proper manner, and these flags have been through wars. Good and bad, they've been there," said Viehweger.
American Legion Post 375 is holding a flag retiring ceremony at 2:00 on Saturday at the post in Southport. The ceremony will be followed with a fish fry.