To the Editor:

On Flag Day, June 14, we commemorate the adoption of the American flag. For more than 200 years, Old Glory has served as a symbol of our nation's freedom and as a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military units and recognize the significance of the stars and stripes.

Flag Day is also a time to honor our nation's veterans who have served to protect the flag and the ideals it represents. With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded, such as liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice.

On Flag Day, I stand with more than 800,000 American Legion Auxiliary members across the nation as we honor our servicemen and women and reflect on their commitment to our country.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 14th at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 69, Arlington for the annual flag burning ceremony.

Whether you are a veteran, the loved one of a servicemember or a patriotic volunteer, there are many ways to honor local heroes, such as visiting veterans homes, assisting with ceremonies of recognition, or collecting personal memories and photos from veterans to create keepsake journals.

As you wave the flag on June 14, remember that showing your gratitude for veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day or Veterans Day. Throughout the year, join your community and the American Legion Auxiliary to thank veterans who have served and protected our nation.


Thank you to all who have served Old Glory. Happy Flag Day!

American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation's veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world's largest women's patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary's mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit

Denise Colety

President, Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69