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Flags to get respectful send-off

Canada’s distinctive maple leaf flag entered its 50th year beginning Feb. 15. If you've got an older, faded or torn flag, it might be time to get a new one — and the Virden cadets can ensure the old one is properly disposed of.

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Canada’s distinctive maple leaf flag entered its 50th year beginning Feb. 15. If you've got an older, faded or torn flag, it might be time to get a new one — and the Virden cadets can ensure the old one is properly disposed of.

Cadets in Virden will be hosting a flag-burning this weekend — following protocol to properly dispose of flags that have their best flaps behind them.

The XII Manitoba Dragoons Cadet Corps will host the flag disposal on Saturday, April 19, and they're willing to help people respectfully dispose of any old, torn, ripped, rented or faded Canadian or provincial flags.

Flags can be dropped off in bags at Branch No. 8 of the Royal Canadian Legion, in Virden. The bags should be marked as flags for the cadets.

The flags will be destroyed in a respectful manner to ensure that no one gets their hands on them and uses them disrespectfully.

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My thanks to the Virden, X11 Manitoba Dragoons Cadet Corps and officers for initiating a respectful and proper send-off for our flags.So very often, during our travels, you will see tattered flags that do not deserve the indignity of being hoisted and flown. This shows a lack of respect for our nation’s symbol. Flags are a representation of honour and pride for Canada and Canadians. Flags should always be treated with respect and displayed in a dignified manner. I also would encourage “all those” who enjoy the privilege of displaying our national and provincial flags to do so with reverence and an attitude of pride. Proper etiquette and protocol must be foremost at all times. For the flag is a symbol of national unity and how we treat our symbol is a reflection of ourselves.

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