Ask members of Chapter 28 of the Disabled American Veterans here in Kokomo, and they’ll tell you: Howard County has the largest per capita veteran population in all of Indiana.
There are approximately 8,000 veterans in our community, according to the DAV. Nov. 11 is their day and, in Howard County, this is their week.
The fifth annual celebration of Military Appreciation Days kicked off Saturday. There’ll be an observance for veterans at 10 a.m. Monday at Ko-komo’s Stephen A. Daily Government Center, and 75 businesses will offer our vets discounts and free items through Veterans Day.
Many will fly an American flag outside their homes and workplaces all week as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of our family members and neighbors. According to the Department of Defense, flying the flag should be done with these rules in mind:
• Raise and lower the flag by hand.
• Do not raise the flag while it is furled.
• Quickly hoist the flag to the top of a pole and lower it slowly with dignity.
• Place no objects on or over the flag.
• In a church, display the flag at the right of the congregation.
• Over a street, vertically suspend the flag with the blue field to the north on an east-west street or the east on a north-south street.
• When displayed with another flag, the American flag should always cross in front of the other flag and appear to be on its own right.
• Over caskets, the flag should have the union field over the left shoulder.
• When displayed either horizontally or vertically on a wall, the blue background should always be in the upper left-hand corner.
• Never use the flag for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
• The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure or drawing of any kind.
If you wish to show your patriotism on Veterans Day or any other day, fly the flag with dignity and respect.