Veterans recognize Flag Day

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Reporter - Kathryn DiGisi

CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Elks Lodge in Carbondale, Illinois is collecting old and damaged flags in need of a proper retirement.

A flag stands tall outside the Elk Lodge on Jackson Street in Carbondale.

The bar is quiet on a Friday afternoon, except for three men.  They meet at noon to talk sports.

But in between drinks, they broke out the war stories on Flag Day.

From Europe to Korea, they have seen it all.

David Conrad said that with every battle, the flags colors grew more important to him.

"It reminds me of what we've had to do as a nation," said Conrad.

He says it is hard to put into words what Flag Day means to him, but June 14 certainly takes him down memory lane.

"I happened to be in the port city of Pusan . There was an Army headquarters there and I had a real good feeling about that," said Conrad.

He is reminded of the words freedom and honor and, "well...battle. And victory and a lot of history," said Conrad.

He has a deep respect for even the most wind-blown and battered flag.

The Elks Lodge in Carbondale will hold its Flag Day ceremony on Saturday morning at 11 at the Veterans Park.

If you have worn or damaged flags, it is not too late to drop them off at the lodge.

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