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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We Clean American Flags for Free

A Cleaner World has cleaned American Flags for free for as long as anyone can remember. No one really knows when the tradition started, but apparently it’s a common thing that most dry cleaners do. But other than our A Cleaner World on Peter’s Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem (they clean 200 per year for the local Veteran’s organization), not many folks take advantage of this.

My grandpa was a Veteran of World War II, earning a Bronze Star Medal. He passed away when I was in college. Shortly before his death, I asked him lots of questions about the war. But I never asked him what the American Flag meant to him. The thought really never occurred to me at age 20. And while I wouldn’t consider myself to be over or under patriotic today, I believe there is something sacred about the American flag.

I post most of my blogs on Wednesdays, and I thought one on the American flag would be appropriate today. Since my grandpa is no longer here, I asked one of our staff members, Mike Feudale as he served in the military, and I thought his perspective would be especially poignant. Here’s what he said:

“My military experience has fostered a respect for the flag, its custom, meaning, and associated protocol. I take great pride in cleaning and restoring these flags at no charge. I feel honored that a surviving family member trusts us to restore or care for the flag that once was placed over a soldier or sailors casket.”

If you have a flag that needs cleaning or repairing, call on us. I know many folks in our organization that would be honored to take care of it. And on an additional note – we can also help see to the appropriate destruction of a flag if you have a worn or faded one through our affiliation with the Boy Scouts.

“The American flag represents all of us and all the values we hold sacred.” – Adrian Cronauer

Have a safe & happy July 4th!


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