The days we crossed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge between the Twin Cities and first saw the American flags flying from the treetops were so thrilling and filled us with patriotism. But lately when we cross we get a sick feeling in our stomachs due to their extremely deteriorated condition.

We are so thankful that it appears that one of three flags has been replaced! We hope this process continues and the other two are replaced soon, with Memorial Day approaching. If that cannot happen, then, perhaps, those two should be removed.

Here are some things to think about:

The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.

The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

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.

We realize that lighting these flags may not be possible, but the other items need to be carefully considered. Whoever is responsible for this wonderful display of patriotism, and whoever will remedy their current situation, has our thanks.

R. David and Joanne Charpentier, Lisbon

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