To the care and dignity that the American Legion Mason-Dixon Post No. 194 of Rising Sun showed to Old Glory during a reverent Flag Day ceremony Tuesday, in which a few thousand worn and tattered U.S. flags of all sizes were burned. Burning a worn and tattered flag is the proper way to dispose of it. It is considered unpatriotic to throw away a U.S. flag. “A flag may be a flimsy bit of printed fabric, or it may be a beautiful banner of the finest silk. It’s fundamental value may be trifling or great. But it’s real value is beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all that we and our comrades have worked for and died for — a free nation of free men and women, true to the faith of the past, devoted to the ideals and practice of justice, freedom and democracy,” Vince Mulé, post commander, explained while addressing the crowd assembled beneath the post’s pavilion. While holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day rightfully receive much revelry, Flag Day never has. We think that’s disappointing as any American knows the feeling deep inside of seeing our grand flag flying high. It’s the perfect symbol for our great nation, and it deserves respect when it’s no longer serviceable. Kudos to the Legion for its work.
To the report that county residents have adopted the central landfill’s new requirements in terms of recyclables. While it won’t necessarily translate into dollars back in the pocketbook this year, we were glad to hear that Cecil County’s contamination rate for recyclables fell from 21 percent at the end of last year to 5 percent just a few weeks ago. Residents were too often throwing in dirty recyclables or mixing trash in with potential recyclables as seen in a core test done last December, necessitating a move to bagless single-stream recycling and an education campaign to increase potential recyclable loads. Any load that has more than 8 percent of contamination is considered not recyclable and ends up in the landfill rather than being reused. The global market for recyclables is at near record lows, and therefore “going green” is not as profitable as it once was, but any time we can reduce, reuse and recycle rather than toss something in the trash is good for all of us. Keep up the good work Cecil County.