Dear Editor:

With Memorial Day being a little less than two weeks away, at the time of this printing, I thought I would take the time to once again send out our normal flag exchange notice to every one of your readers.

If your flag in the front yard or on your front porch is faded and/or tattered and ready for proper retirement, we have replacement flags for sale. If so needed, we will remove your old flag, treat it with the respect it is due and replace it with a new flag for the nominal fee of $20 per flag.

Your Mount Carroll American Legion Post 67 is adamant in the thought that our fair town display the national colors correctly and with pride in our remembrance of our brothers and sisters in arms having passed, whether during times of conflict or in peacetime. At one time in their life they all took an oath, that they will never be totally relieved of duty from.

If you are in need of a quality American flag, please do not hesitate to call me and I will be sure to get that flag to you before the weekend of Memorial Day so that it can be displayed with all reverence. This is the least we can do to show our pride in being citizens of the greatest nation on earth and following our civic duties of acclaiming the title of Americans.

Please call me at home at 815-244-8511 or cell at 815-990-1533 and if I don't answer, please leave a message complete with your name and return phone number and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

It is Post 67's ultimate hope that you have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day celebration and please never forget that it has been our military men and women who have secured our American way of life. Furthermore, the saying, "All Gave Some, Some Gave All" still holds true from yesterday, today and all the tomorrows to come.

Richard Ottens


Mount Carroll

American Legion Post 67