Residents upset over tattered and worn flag flying over Valero station

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the Confederate Flag, but it's an American Flag in the valley that is drawing a lot of attention.

Many people have snapped photos and posted to the FOX 10 Facebook Page of a tattered flag flying at a Gilbert gas station.

So why is the flag still flying in its condition?

Several people have complained about the American flag flying over the Valero Gas Station in Gilbert.

Employees at the gas station say the rope on the flagpole is broken, but they hope to get it fixed and the flag replaced as early as Friday.

"It's disgraceful, it's unacceptable," said Paul Green.

Green passes by the flag on his way to work. Recently, he noticed the stars and stripes of old glory were coming apart at the seams.

Yet the tattered flag was not brought down. To see the pride of our country flying worn and torn, is offensive to many.

"With what is going on with everybody stomping on the flag, we don't need to witness this, it needs to be disposed of properly and needs to be replaced with a new one," said Green.

Folks at the American Legion Post 39 called the gas station, to see if they could help.

"Our club manager gave them a call, and said hey did you know your flag is in pretty bad shape? And the person they talked to said yeah, we are going to replace it tomorrow," said Skip Erickson.

According to U.S. Flag Code, when a flag is so tattered that it no longer is fit to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner.

"The recommended method of disposal is by burning, any dignified way of doing it is acceptable," said Erickson.

Post 39 in Gilbert retires and burns more than 5,000 American Flags a year, there is usually a ceremony, and sometimes bagpipes are played to honor the flags' service.

Gilbert residents say the flag at Valero has fulfilled its duty, and hope they don't have to look up to see the tattered flag much longer.

The flag code also states outdoor flags should be displayed between sunrise and sunset, meaning the flag should be taken down and stored overnight. If it is to be left up, it should be well lit.
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