Support The Flag
On September 1, 2018 Post 365 held a special community event in support of the American Flag. Early in the month of August some misguided person set fire to one of the flags on display outside the post. The damaged flag was discovered by J.D. Ernst, one of our Executive Board members. As a result, the post held a Community Awareness event to bring awareness to our flag and the respect it deserves. Chris Marsh, a representative from State Senator Pat Bates office presented a replacement flag to the post to replace the one that was burned. We thank both Chris and Senator Bates for their patriotic participation in our event.
Flags on display at Post 365 has been a tradition since 2012 when we started a program named Flags of Honor. Members bought flags that were put on display outside the post; many had memorial banners attached to honor loved ones or to commemorate overseas service. At one time there were 40 to 50 flags on display. There was some concern at the start of the program that flags would go missing or be damaged. Those concerns have been largely put aside for in the past six years we have lost one flag due to theft and one flag (the latest) due to the burning. A testament to all the people of Vista who pass the post every day and night and respect the flag. We will continue to have flags on display outside the post. As for the new flag that was donated by Senator Patricia Bates, we will replace the flag inside that stands with our American Legion flag. They are both 5′ x 8′ and the donated flag that was once flown over the State Capitol building will now be part of our opening ceremony each month. So, you see, sometimes a negative experience can be turned into something positive.
In addition to the photo album below you can view a video of the flag presentation by clicking on this LINK