Spring and summer are very patriotic seasons. This weekend, we will pay tribute to those who fought for our freedoms with Memorial Day celebrations. Soon, we will commemorate D-Day, honor Flag Day, and not too far off is the mother of all summer holidays, the 4th of July. With the longer days and crystal clear weather, it’s the perfect time to fly our American flags and celebrate all that we love about the United States. I, for one, do it every chance I get.
While I firmly believe that love for our country is something shared by every generation, the demands of a busy lifestyle often cause non-seniors to only put their flags out on weekends or for special occasions. Seniors, on the other hand, generally have the time to observe the rules for proper flag display. And, of course -- quite rightly -- they do tend to have a strong sense of patriotism.
Sadly, some not-so-good citizens have caught on to this, which means that seniors who live alone and fly their flags daily can become easy targets for thieves and vandals. In addition to being a symbol of what makes our country great, an American flag can also signal: a senior lives here.
I would never advise a senior not to fly their flag. They’ve more than earned the right to be loud and proud. What I would suggest is taking a few precautions to ensure that Old Glory is not flagging down criminals:
As always, frequent check-ins by you, other friends and family members or a trained CAREGiver not only lift spirits, they help ensure safety.
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