Cumberland Times-News


July 3, 2014

Flag decorum

Raise Old Glory with pride, display with respect

— Many Americans will show their patriotism by displaying the United States flag this weekend in observance of the Fourth of July, the celebration of the nation’s birth through the colonies’ independence from Britain.

If you plan to fly the Stars and Stripes for the holiday, it is important to remember the proper etiquette for displaying and handling the flag:

• The flag is always hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

• The flag is never allowed to touch the floor or the ground.

• The flag should never be drawn back or held in folds, but always allowed to fall freely.

• The flag is never flown in inclement weather, except when using an all-weather flag.

• If flown at night, the flag should be properly illuminated.

• When displayed from a car, the flag should be firmly clamped to the vehicle, ideally on the right side.

• The flag should never have placed upon it any insignia, letter, word, picture or drawing of any nature.

• When no longer fit for display, the flag should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Sometimes referred to as Old Glory, the flag of the United States of America is a symbol that reminds us of our nation’s greatness and the irrepressible spirit of its people. Although divided on many issues in another pivotal election year, we remain united under the banner for which thousands of men and woman have spilled their blood and contributed in other ways.

It is because of this that we strive to display the flag with devotion, respect and care.

Text Only
  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Opposition and inclusion understood

    Those of you who have been here before know how I feel about the late great Len Bias, who I will remember foremost as Leonard Bias, the polite, spindly Bambi-eyed kid from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School, who could throw a dunk through the floor, yet had the most beautiful jump shot I have ever seen.

    July 17, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014

  • Northern Garrett Rescue Squad raising funds, seeks members

    The Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad recently conducted several fund raising events to raise funds for new Lifepak 15’s, which are EKG monitors with AED / defibrillator.

    July 16, 2014

  • Maryland on target to meet 2025 bay restoration goals

    July 16, 2014

  • Further proof you should never bet on baseball

    Had you known in March that ...

    July 16, 2014