Lehigh County American Legion members have asked the county to do a better job of honoring its military veterans by replacing the flags more than once a year.

The flags, which are purchased by the county before Memorial Day every year, look ”terrible” during the winter,

The American Legion 14th District commander told the county commissioners last week that there is an easy remedy. The county should replace the old flags with new ones halfway through the year because the veterans deserve it.

The county director of Veterans Affairs said that changing the roughly 32,000 flags twice during the year would cost the county an additional $53,000. Each flag is 12 inches by 18 inches and is attached to a 30-inch staff. They cost the county $1.66 each.

Veterans deserve this small but significant sign of respect for the service and sacrifices they have given to their country.

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