Celebrating Stars & Stripes in Pismo Beach
At the SeaCrest, we have a lot to celebrate, including stars and stripes. The American Flag first flew over 240 years ago and there’s a whole day in honor of the beautiful red, white, and blue pattern.
The Continental Congress approved the stars and stripes design of the American flag and adopted it as a national symbol, on June 14, 1777. However, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. June 14 marks the anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.
Retiring of the American Flag
Flags that become so tattered and worn are no longer fit to serve the nation or properly represent the great sacrifices and values of the United States of America. Flag Retirement is the term used to define the proper, dignified way of destroying United States flags.
The SeaCrest organization is proud to hire retired veterans as part of our outstanding staff! Additionally, the organization strives to recognize and honor our retired troops by hosting occasions that hold a special meaning in their lives. On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel held a Flag Retirement Ceremony conducted by the ECHO GROUP, a veterans group for the San Luis Obispo Area. ECHO GROUP was established by veterans for veterans in order for veterans and family members to feel at home among each other.
Grand “Fold” Flag
The flag was folded 12 times before being retired, and the 12 folds have a symbol attached to each fold.
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks; and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
Honor Veterans with the SeaCrest
The flag at the SeaCrest was properly honored and retired prior to the raising of a new flag. See the Echo Group retire the SeaCrest flag on Flag Day here. Anyone is authorized to retire a United States Flag. The Flag code does not authorize any particular organization with the duty of retiring unfit flags. Any one person or group can do it. Maybe next Flag Day, you can retire a flag that seems too worn to represent the United States of America.