Recently, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Explorer post 740 was awarded with a flag certificate congratulating the group for its strict adherence to the United States Flag Codes required when flying the American Flag.
Representatives from the post were presented the certificate by John Flikeid, president of the Robert Forsyth Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution at a meeting held March 6.
According to Chris Russo, a member of the historical organization, the group was recognized for its patriotism and dedication to caring for the flag. He said that any group or individual that takes the time needed to keep the flag in a good condition is worth recognizing.
“We recognize them for their patriotism,” he said. “It says a lot that they care enough to follow the flag code, want to display it properly and take pride in it too.”
Russo said that there are several different conditions that the flag code requires, including: being flown above all other flags, being illuminated if it is flown at night and being kept in good condition. He said that the group gives the award out several times a year to individuals and businesses that adhere to the codes of flying the flag, and those who are displaying it for patriotic reasons.
“The point of the certificate is to respect the flag. Anyone in the community we see doing that is worth recognizing,” he said.
In the past, Russo said that the group has given the award to Shiloh Point Elementary School, local post offices and libraries, and the now closed Normans Landing restaurant.
According to its website, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Explorers program is designed to, “attract young, well-qualified men and women to participate in an organized on-the-job training program that will prepare them for a career in law enforcement once they reach age 21 and become eligible to become a peace officer in Georgia.”